CC Sabathia was one strike away from being perfect through three innings Tuesday afternoon in his return from a left hamstring strain. He didn’t make it out of the third inning.
Sabathia allowed six straight batters to reach base and gave up four runs before being pulled in the Yankees’ 4-1 July 4th loss to the Blue Jays.
He had Darwin Barney on a 2-2 count before walking him. He then gave up two singles, two walks and another single. Sabathia, who was going to be limited to 75-80 pitches, threw 39 of his 63 pitches in the third.
An Aaron Judge homer gave the Yankees their only run of the game. The Yanks (44-38) have lost 15 of their last 21 games.
Yankees’ CC Sabathia, Adam Warren activated from DL
J.A. Happ held the Yanks to one run on four hits, two walks and six strikeouts in six innings.
PLAY OF THE GAME
With the bases loaded, Kendrys Morales hit a two-run single in the third, which at the time put Toronto up 4-0 and sent Sabathia to the showers.
Not finishing off Barney with a 2-2 count came back to bite Sabathia. Barney advanced to second on a wild pitch, allowing him to score when Jose Bautista hit a single to right field. That was followed by a Russell Martin single, Josh Donaldson walk, Justin Smoak bases-loaded walk and then the single by Morales.
STAR OF THE GAME
Judge – who else? He was responsible for the Yankees’ lone run, hitting a solo homer to begin the bottom the fourth that would’ve traveled 456 feet had it not dented metal atop a door in center field to the left of Monument Park. Judge has 28 homers and 63 RBI this season. (Judge did strike out swinging in his other three at-bats.)
STAT OF THE GAME
118.4. Judge’s homer had an exit velocity of 118.4 miles per hour, per MLB’s Statcast. That is the fourth-hardest hit home run in MLB this season, and the top three were also all hit by Judge. His hardest of the season is 121.1 miles per hour.
Jacoby Ellsbury went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and is 6-for-32 (.188) in eight games since returning from a concussion.
Luis Cessa. He entered the game to start the fourth inning and did not give up a run or a walk in 4 2/3 innings. He allowed five hits and struck out three while throwing 65 pitches.
Yankees vs. Blue Jays
Wednesday, July 5, 1:05 p.m. TV: YES
RHP Michael Pineda (8-4, 4.05) vs. RHP Marco Estrada (4-6, 4.86)
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