Welcome to Legends Field, where’s it 79 degrees and we have a playoff pitching rematch betweeb CMW and C.C. Sabathia.
CMW! Three up and three down and K’s of Sizemore and Hafner. 11 pitches/9 strikes.
Welcome to loyal poster Jay Destro, who’s in the crowd today with his iPhone. I met Jay down here last year and he is a good guy and a good fan.
The Yankees put a runner on third with two outs but Sabathia K’d A-Rod. Must have been an October flashback.
CMW? Four singles and a walk led to three Indians runs. Three of the singles were on the ground and I thought Cano could have had the second one. That the hazard of a sinkerball pitcher.
Giambi walked and Shelly Duncan (or “Baby Huey” as the Big G calls him) crushed a homer to center. 3-2 Tribe.
Wang back to normal as he fans Hafner again, gives up a bloop single then whiffs Peralta. Five K’s in three innings for CMW. His changeup and slider look good.
The Yankees loaded the bases with two outs but Duncan flew deep to center.
What has gotten into CMW? He now has six strikeouts. He has retired seven of the last eight batters he has faced and fanned four of them. He has really pitched well.
That Jeff Kennard-for-Jose Molina deal looks pretty good, doesn’t it? Molina just doubled in Robbie Cano to tie the score 3-3. Molina is 9 for 24 this spring with five RBI.
Wang allowed a blast to right by Sizemore than struck out Dellucci again. He left after walking Hafner.
Sabathia is also done. So much for a battle of aces. C.C. allowed threee runs on five hits in four innings and Wang four runs on six hits in 4.1 innings.
Lines for the starters:
Wang 4.1 6 4 4 2 7 75 pitches/53 strikes
Sabathia 4 5 3 3 3 3 74 pitches/48 strikes
A-Rod just singled (2 for 3) and was replaced with a pinch runner. He is 12 of 23 this spring.
Most of the starters for both teams are out. Here ends the live blog. I’m headed down to the clubhouse. Still 4-3 Tribe.