I can admit that I wasn't expecting much from CC Sabathia tonight, right? He hasn't had a good season to begin with and he has not been good against the Tampa Bay Rays in what seems like decades. Coming into tonight's game, he had a 7.29 ERA against them already this season. Of course, with that being said, I wasn't quite expecting what happened in the second inning. And in case you missed the game, here's a visual representation of Sabathia's second inning:
Yes, it was that bad.
Sabathia teased us all by starting off well in the first inning and setting the Rays down in order. His secondary pitches were working well and it looked like maybe, Yankee fans would see a good Sabathia outing for a change.
It was not meant to be because in the next inning, everything went to hell in a hand basket. The Rays scored six runs on three singles and two doubles. Five of those runs came with two outs in the inning.
Things looked even worse in the top of the third when Sabathia walked Yunel Escobar to load the bases with no outs. Thankfully, Sabathia pulled a David Robertson and got out of it by striking out James Loney and Jose Lobaton and getting Sam Fuld to fly out to center to end the inning.
The Yankees had their best chance to get back into the game in the bottom of the frame. Austin Romine drove in a run with an RBI single which was followed by a single from Brett Gardner and a walk to Robinson Cano which loaded the bases for Alfonso Soriano. Soriano had flied out in his first at bat in the second inning and, unfortunately, did the same with the bases loaded to end the inning.
The sad thing is the Yankees were able to score six runs tonight. They were mounting a "comeback" in the ninth but fell short. If Sabathia could have made it out of that second inning with just one run on the board, who knows what could have happened? I could be recapping a win instead of a loss.
The Rays are now in first place in the American League East thanks to their win and a Red Sox loss to the Orioles. It's the first time the Rays have been alone in the AL East since June 2012.
Soriano was 0-5 with an RBI in his Yankee return and Sabathia has now given up seven runs in three consecutive starts for the first time in his career.
Hopefully tomorrow will be better.