Carsten Charles Sabathia Jr. finally got his 250th career win in the Majors. He was sitting at 249 for his last 4 starts but the Big Man got exactly what he needed to lock up this huge milestone. CC went 6 innings with 7K’s, 3 walks, he allowed 3 hits and 1 run en route to his win. With win #250. CC becomes the first pitch since former Yankee Andy Pettitte to reach this milestone. He is also only the 14th pitcher in Major League history to reach 250 career wins and 3,000 career strikeouts. Hats off to the big guy that looks like he wears pajamas when standing on the mound. We will be seeing this man in Cooperstown in a few years and it is well deserved. Thank you CC.
Now let’s get down to the Yankees absolutely kicking the shit out of the Tampa Bay Rays earlier this afternoon. It was a bloodbath. That’s putting it nicely.
Starting opposite of CC Sabathia was reigning AL CY Young winner Blake Snell. After his start today it’s hard to question if Tampa was using him as an actual starter if they went back to back days using an “opener” because Snelly Furtado didn’t last too long on the mound. 1/3 of an inning to be exact. Snell got shelled.
The bottom of the first inning started off with a DJ LeMahieu infield single. Surprise, surprise. The man who seems to get on base every at bat, got on base his first at bat. LeMahieu would wind up stealing second base during Voit’s AB. Voit who fell down in the count 0-2 would work a walk and just like that the Yankees are threating early. Love to see it.
Next up in the box, Gary Sanchez. The man who many claim to be fat and lazy, overrated, a guy who needs to be traded. Well let me tell you something. Whoever thinks that is an absolute moron. On a 3-1 changeup down away, Sanchez poked a ball to right field. But it wasn’t a poke. He hit it hard enough to send it over the right field wall for his 21st homer of the season. The man is on fire! Safe to say yesterday down year was a fluke and this is the Gary we can expect for years to come. Suck it haters. 3-0 Yankees.
Snell’s trouble didn’t end there. It was just beginning. He would issue a walk to Edwin Encarnacion. He would manage to get his only out on the day for himself off of a Aaron Hicks groundball to short. It was a fielders choice as Edwin was out at second but they had zero time to get Hicks at first. Snell would struggle to find the plate and issue back to back walks to Gleyber Torres and the red hot Cameron Maybin, End that would do it for Blake Snell. 1/3 of an inning, 39 pitches, 4 walks, 2 hits and he would be on the hook for the 6 runs the Yankees scored in the first frame of the game. Safe to say that Blake would like to forget about this start immediately.
Rays would call up Colin Poche to try and get out of this mess of an inning but it didn’t go according to plan. First batter he faced, Gio Urshela, would get hit on the 8th pitch of the at bat to bring in a run. 4-0 Yankees now. Garnder popped up after for the second out of the inning and in steps in DJ LeMahieu. Yankees have officially batted around the order at this point and like DJ did in his first at bat, he got a hit in his second at bat. 2 hits in the same inning and this guy cannot be stopped. DJ would single up the middle into center scoring two runs. Give DJ the batting title now. Guy is a freak. 6-0 Yankees and Blake Snell is probably crying in the showers at this point. It’s over. Ring the bell.
The Rays would score their lone run in the fifth inning of the game. After issuing back to back one out walks to Ji Man Choi and Daniel Robertson, Tommy Pham would deliver a two out to right field that would score Choi from second. This is the only time CC appeared to be vulnerable on the day but he fought through it and limited the damage at only one run. 6-1 Yankees.
After putting up 6 runs in the first inning, the Yankees bat went quiet up until the 7th inning. Tampa imploded… again. The Yankees would put up 6 more runs in the bottom of the frame and euthanize the Rays. LeMahieu and Voit were walked back to back. Gary Sanchez continued to annihilate the baseball today as he drove a double to left scoring DJ from second. 7-1 Yankees. Encarnacion would follow up the double with an RBI single of his own to shallow center scoring Voit from third. 8-1 Yankees. Hicks would walk to load the bases and in steps in the youngster Gleyber Torres who is going to be an absolute stud in this league for years to come.
Gleyber Torres in his at bat was able to achieve another first in his young career. On a 2-1 fastball high in the zone, Gleyber connected and drove the ball to deep right center field. Over and out. A grand slam for Gleyber. That boy’s good. His 16th dinger of the season and it was grand. Somebody must have told him we were playing the Orioles today since that’s usually the only time Torres hits homers. Awesome moment for the kid and I’m sure there will be more to come. 12-1 Yankees. Start digging the grave for the Rays. They’re dead.
Shoutout to the Yankees twitter account with Billy Joel reference of Baby Grand. Great team, great game, great artist. All about it.
The Yankees win 12-1. sweeping the Tampa Bay Rays under the rug and increasing the gap to 3.5 games in the AL East in the process. The Yankees now welcome in the Houston Astros for a 4 game series in the Bronx. Guess who else the Yankees welcome back…
This guy. Aaron Judge. Court will be in session heading into the weekend and this team is going to have their full lineup healthy for the first time this season. Let’s fucking go.