CC Sabathia started and went the distance for the Yankees during a 6-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians to finish the three-game series sweep at the Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
Sabathia was at the top of his game as he gave up two runs in the sixth on some fluky singles and then two more in the seventh on a two-run home run off the bat of Yan Gomes. Other than that he completely shut the Indians down and saved the Yankees bullpen that had been a bit overworked the past few days.
The Yankees got all of their offense in the first two innings starting with a two-run shot by Travis Hafner in the first. They then scored four in the second when Chris Stewart singled in one run and Brett Gardner hit a three-run homer for the rest. That gave them a 6-0 lead that CC held on to.
• Gardner was the only player in the entire game with at least two hits. He went 2-for-3 and if you hadn’t noticed he’s been the Yankees second best offensive player behind Robinson Cano this year. He’s hit .265/.333/.429 with nine stolen bases.
• Speaking of Cano, he’s hitting just .100/.217/.100 in his last six games after going 0-for-3 with a talk on Wednesday.
• I certainly wouldn’t declare his slump over just yet, but Hafner is 2-for-7 with two home runs in the last two games. He’s still hitting .202/.325/.394 since April 21.
• Kevin Youkilis is still trying to shake off the rust, but smacked a nice double on Wednesday. In five games since he’s been back he’s hitting .176/.222/.235.
• One player who is not struggling on offense lately is Jayson Nix. He’s hit .333/.385/.417 over his last 11 games. If the Yankees would stop using him against righties, he could probably keep that going for a while.
• Ichiro Suzuki, who is another player not struggling offensively, hit .429/.455/.429 during this homestand.
Photo credit: (June 4, 2013 – Source: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images North America).