August 9, 2009

Yankees shut out Red Sox, again

Another day, another shutout. CC Sabathia and the Yankees (68-42) handled the Red Sox (62-47) in a 5-0 win to take the series.

Quick ‘Cap:
Sabathia held a no-hitter through 5-2/3 innings, but Jacoby Ellsbury broke it up with a single. The big lefty only allowed one more hit and struck out a season-high nine hitters in 7-2/3 innings.

The Yankees didn’t bomb Clay Buchholz — as some may have expected — but he could not match Sabathia’s shutout performance. Mark Teixeira had an RBI single, Jose Molina hit a sac fly and Nick Swisher walked in a run. Then Derek Jeter sealed the victory with a two-run opposite field homer in the eighth. Full box score here.

Sabathia really had nasty stuff today with a fastball topping out at 97 and are sharp breaker. The Red Sox haven’t scored in their last 24 innings. That’s absurd for a lineup like they have.

Line of the Night:
Sabathia: 7-2/3 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 9 K. As Joe Girardi said after the game, this may have been his best start of the year (considering the opponent).

Up Next:
The Yankees will look to sweep their arch-rivals in the Sunday night ESPN game. Two lefties, Jon Lester (9-7, 3.79) and Andy Pettitte (9-6, 4.35), will go at it.

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