This will always be remembered as the game of "what if" for C.C Sabathia.
The Big Yank was unhittable through the first six innings last night against the lowly Seattle Mariners. His pitches were so dominating that it seemed like a no-hitter was in the making. Until Mother Nature decided to rain on his parade.
After enduring two delays, one 30 minutes and the other 14 minutes, Sabathia seemed to have lost his bite on his slider and location on his fastball. It was shortly afterwards, with one out in the 7th inning, that Seattle's Brendan Ryan hit a weak single to break up the no-no.
"To me, there was no doubt that if there were none of those rain delays he was going to throw a no-hitter," said Eric Chavez, who had a fourth-inning RBI single in his return from the 60-day disabled list.
The Yankee offense gave plenty of pop to help Sabathia. In the bottom of the fourth, Curtis Granderson hit his 28th homer that just cleared the left field wall. Mark Teixeira joined him in the 8th as he slugged his 28th home run as well. It was his 100th home run as a Yankee.
Sabathia entered the eighth inning only to walk three consecutive batters and was eventually pulled by manager Joe Girardi. Sabathia, expectedly, received a standing ovation from the Yankee crowd.
"He's always got Sabathia stuff, but today that was, by far, the best I've ever seen him pitch," Ryan said. "I almost feel disrespectful saying that, because we all know what he's capable of, but when you're locating the fastball and the way he was throwing that slider, stealing strikes with that curveball here and there, he was absolutely filthy."
David Robertson entered from the bullpen and proceded to limit the Mariners to only one run while escaping the bases loaded, no one out jam. Mariano Rivera struck out 2 to record a perfect ninth inning and secure his 26th save of the season as the Yanks won 4-1. Altogether, New York struck out 18 batters last night, which ties the franchise record set by Ron Guidry in 1978.
Sabathia ended the night with 7 innings pitched, giving up 1 hit, 1 run and struck out 14. Even though those stats are exceptional, it is hard to imagine what type of night Sabathia would have had if the rain dedcided not to interrupt the game. The Big Yank, however, is not stressing over it.
"That's part of the game," he said. "It happens and you can't dwell on it. I'm looking forward to my next start."
Sabathia has been dominant since his June 9th lose to the Red Sox. He is 8-1 with a 1.71 ERA and has 81 strikeouts in 68 2/3 innings pitched.
"It's one of those nights he's rolling along so well, it's just like, 'Please, don't stop this game,'" Girardi said. "But can't fight Mother Nature."
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