CC Gives Yankees Gigantic Performance in Game 1 of ALDS

October 8, 2012 – Russell Martin’s home run in the top of the ninth inning of Game 1 of the ALDS was the moment that everyone will remember.

Martin’s blast off Orioles closer Jim Johnson, who compiled an AL leading 51 saves in the regular season while not allowing a single home run, broke a 2-2 tie and put the Yankees in position to win the game.

But it was CC Sabathia, who put together a performance that was one for the ages. For at least one night, Sabathia was everything he was during the Yankees 2009 postseason run, when he went 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in the ALDS before going 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA in the ALCS and then battled the Philadelphia Phillies in two World Series game while compiling a 3.29 ERA. In other words, he carried the Yankees in a big game last night.

Sabathia endured a 2-hour, 26 minute-rain delay, then took on a hungry team in a most hostile atmosphere that is Oriole Park at Camden Yards. He gave up two earned runs over 8 2/3 rainy innings, and while throwing 120 pitches, he never tired.

Other than in the third inning, when he gave up two runs, Sabathia got out of every jam he got into. In my opinion, Sabathia was at his very best in the eight inning. Even though he had already thrown more than 100 pitches, he battled back from a leadoff double to keep the Orioles off the scoreboard. Sabathia’s giant effort in the eighth kept the game tied.

Later this evening, the Yankees will send Andy Pettitte to the hill for Game 2. With a major league record 19 postseason wins in 42 starts, Pettitte has seen it all and done it all in October, and I really like the Yankees chances to take a commanding two game lead in this series.

–Alfred Santasiere III


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