The Yankees jumped all over Felix Hernandez for 7 runs in the first 3 innings, and the ballpen held on through some anxious multiple-baserunner innings to give the Yanks a harder-than-it-looked 7-3 victory. CC Sabathia got by on True Grit to last 5 innings and get the win — his 248th career win — CC is now 2-1 3.22 on the season. The Yankees are now 20-14 in 2nd place, 2 behind Tampa; the Mariners 19-18, in 2nd place, 3 behind Houston.
Early Batting Practice
Felix Hernandez does not look like the pitcher he once was. Luke Voit homered in the 1st; Brett Gardner homered in the 2nd; Thairo Estrada followed with a 2-run homer in the 2nd (his first MLB homerun); and DJ LeMahieu singled in a run and it looked like batting practice — Yanks 6-0 in the 2nd inning.
Estradios 👋 Congrats on #1, Thairo 👏 pic.twitter.com/uLF4vrKPRD
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 6, 2019
Gio Urshela singled in Gardner in the 3rd making it 7-0, which had Yankee twitter asking why Hernandez was still pitching; “imagine if he were a Yankee pitcher what they’d be saying!?”, we tweeted. But Hernandez then settled down and pitched a scoreless 4th and 5th — finishing with 5 innings, 7 runs, 6 earned.
CC Sabathia = True Grit
On the other hill, CC Sabathia — who is like John Wayne in True Grit — was cruising with a 7-0 lead; when he allowed a 2-run homer to Domingo Santana in the 4th it was no biggie; when he allowed a homer to Dee Gordon in the 5th it started to look like disaster could possibly be looming. With 2 outs he allowed a single to shortstop Tim Beckham, a single to Edwin Encarnacion, and then walked Santana. Up stepped homerun hitting Jay Bruce. Just like that the game (and CC’s win) was on the line.
CC was 1 against 4 — just like when John Wayne faced Robert Duvall near the end of True Grit. CC fed Bruce a strike and then got him on a ground out to 1st base.
“No grit? CC Sabathia not much!”
The tension didn’t end there. In the 6th, Jonathan Holder came in and quickly loaded the bases in between a strikeout. With 1 out, Adam Ottavino came in and got Mitch Haniger on a shallow fly to left and then Beckham hit a slow infield ground ball that Estrada made a spectacular play on to end the inning — the play of the game.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 7, 2019