The Yankees needed their ace CC Sabathia to step up and he certainly did as he shutdown the Athletics over eight innings as they held out to eventually win 2-1 in 10 innings on a Russell Martin walk-off home run.
CC was brilliant, holding the A’s hitless through the first five innings. He really didn’t get into any trouble at all until the eighth inning, but eventually espcaped that too as he allowed just three hits with 11 strikeouts over eight innings
The Yankees only scored one run for Sabathia, a sac fly by Curtis Granderson in the fourth inning, so Rafael Soriano was brought in to protect a 1-0 lead. Unfortunately he gave up a pinch-hit, game tying home run to Brandon Moss in the ninth, but fortunately that’s all the A’s got off him.
David Robertson came in for the 10th and pitched a perfect inning before Martin launched a solo shot to lead off the bottom of the 10th for the walk off victory.
It was fitting to see the Yankees walk-off the A’s as it was Oakland who had a few walks-offs of their own the last time the two teams faced each other. More importantly it allowed the Yankees to maintain their one game lead over the Orioles in the AL East after they beat Boston earlier in the night. The Yankees have now won six in a row and nine of their last 11.