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If you’ve only watched New York ace CC Sabathia pitch against Boston this season, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about.
For the fourth time in as many starts against the Red Sox, the hefty lefty was disastrous, surrendering 7 runs in a 10-4 defeat. What started as an early duel turned sour for Sabathia after 2 Sox runs in the 4th and 5 in the 5th, capped off with a 3-run bomb to right from Jacoby Ellsbury. The majestic bomb from Ellsbury was part of a 6-RBI day, the most for a Boston leadoff hitter since 1987.
Sabathia dropped to 0-4 against Boston this season. His 7 runs given up in 6 innings matched the 7 runs he allowed in his previous 8 outings combined. It also topped his previous season high of 6 earned runs, which has happened on two occasions against Boston. Sabathia has given up 20 runs in 4 starts against the Red Sox. That is more than half of the 37 total runs he has allowed in his 21 other games.
In the other dugout, John Lackey dominated the first three innings before squirming in and out of trouble during his 6-inning, 115-pitch effort. In his first of many bids for the third spot in the potential playoff rotation, Lackey give up just 3 runs and snatched his 10th win. He is now 10-8 this year.
Just listen to The Sports Hub. The Boston media can’t shut up about whether they stayed faithful to Ellsbury despite 2010’s rib injury. Amidst the chatter, No. 2 just keeps on dominating in 2011. It’ll be hard to keep Player of the Week honors away from him after his two walk off hits against Cleveland combined with Saturday’s effort. All of the sudden, Ellsbury is 4th in the American League with a .321 batting average, a list that teammate Adrian Gonzalez has led for most of the year.
It’s been hard for some to understand Crawford’s peaks and valleys for Boston in 2011, but he was, without hesitation, the better CC on Saturday. The slumping center fielder kicked off the series Friday with a 2 for 4 effort. He followed it up by mashing Sabathia and the NY bullpen on Saturday to the tune of a 4 for 4 effort. Crawford’s 3rd inning double opened the floodgates and sparked Boston’s offensive outburst.
It wasn’t a complete hitter’s party for the Red Sox offense. David Ortiz was befuddled by Sabathia’s nasty stuff, looking lost in all of his at-bats. Entering the game, Ortiz was 12 for 46 in his career against the Yankees’ ace, good for a .261 clip.