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Analysis

Sabathia Shuts Down Angels, Lead Yankees To Ninth Straight Win

After an impressive 4-game sweep of the Twins,  the Yankees followed suit with another sweep of the Los Angeles Angels, sealing the deal Sunday night with a 2-1 victory. 

  • New York Yankees: 2 (18-9)
  • Los Angeles Angels: 1 (16-12)
  • American League, FINAL
  • Angel Stadium, Anaheim, California

With an eight-game winning streak on the table entering Sunday night’s contest, veteran lefty CC Sabathia got the nod looking to extend it to nine, and that’s exactly what he would do.

The big fella tossed seven innings of one-run baseball, earning his 2nd victory of the 2018 campaign and the 239th of his career, tying him for 58th place on baseball’s all-time list.

The offense would go without a hit until the 4th inning when Giancarlo Stanton took a 92 mph fastball to left-field for his 5th double of the season. Entering the night, Stanton was 9-25 (.360) over his last six games with a homer and three RBI.

With Stanton on 2nd, Gary Sanchez would absolutely crush a 447-foot two-run shot well into the left-field seats to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. That long ball was Gary’s seventh of the season while driving in his 23rd and 24th RBI, leading all MLB catchers in both departments.

The Angels jumped in on the scoring in the 6th when Justin Upton would score on a wild pitch by Sabathia, trimming the Bombers’ lead to 2-1. CC would go back out for the 7th and put up a scoreless inning to finish with a final line of: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, BB and 4 K. With his four strikeouts tonight, CC now sits at 5th place on the Yankees all-time strikeout list with 1469, moving past Lefty Gomez’s 1468.

Aaron Boone turned things over to Chad Green for the 8th who would keep the score 2-1 despite allowing two baserunners, lowering his season ERA to 2.08.

Aroldis Chapman would lock down the 9th with a hitless inning to secure the Yankees ninth straight victory, earning his 6th save of the season.

What’s Next

The Yankees head to Houston for an ALCS rematch with the World Champion Astros looking to extend their winning streak to ten.

Sonny Gray (1-1 7.71) gets the nod looking to improve on his last outing against a locked in Charlie Morton (3-0 1.86).

First pitch is set for 8:10 PM ET on the YES Network and can be heard on WFAN 660/101.9 FM.

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