The Yankees offense has struggled lately so their ace starter CC Sabathia put them on his back and carried them past the Orioles to the American League Championship Series after a brilliant 3-1 victory over Baltimore in Yankee Stadium.
The word brilliant is thrown around a lot, but Sabathia really was brilliant in a game the Yankees needed to win. It was his second game of the series and he dominated. The O’s got just one hit in the first seven innings. He struggled through the eighth, but a lot of that was bad luck (if Derek Jeter had range it’s likely he wouldn’t have allowed a run). Then despite being at 111 pitches, Joe Girardi sent him back out there for the ninth for an easy 1-2-3 inning to finish the game.
The Yankees needed it too because once again their offense struggled. Jason Hammel actually had a perfect game going into the fifth inning. The Yankees broke though that inning though when Mark Teixeira doubled, stole second, and then scored on a Raul Ibanez single that made it 1-0.
The second run came in the sixth when Derek Jeter walked and came around to score on an Ichiro Suzuki RBI-double off the right field wall. Ichiro barely missed a homer there, but Curtis Granderson didn’t miss in the seventh inning when his solo shot to deep right made it 3-0.
The O’s scored just one run in the eighth, but nearly had another one in the sixth inning when Nate McLouth smashed one to right field that needed replay confirmation to make sure that it was indeed foul. On the next pitch, CC struck McLouth out to end the inning.
The Yankees will now head to the ALCS where they will immediately face the Tigers in Yankee Stadium on Saturday night. With each of the ALDS series going to five games neither team’s ace will be able to start Game 1. That sets up a showdown between Andy Pettitte and Doug Fister. The game starts at 8:07 p.m. and will appear on TBS.
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