The postgame was a little hectic today with the players all rushing to get out of town and enjoy their day off. Two things of note:
When CC Sabathia gave up the four runs in the third inning, he stalked into the dugout and told Jose Molina, “That’s all they get.”
I asked Molina if he believed him.
“His face was mad,” Molina said. “I did believe him. He was pissed off.”
It wasn’t quite all the White Sox would get off Sabathia as they scored a run in the eighth inning that he was responsible for. But CC locked down Chicago for four innings, long enough for the Yankees to put together enough offense to win 8-5.
As pitching performances go, giving up five runs on 10 hits in seven innings is pretty lousy. But in the context of this game, it was good enough. Had the White Sox kept scoring and finished off the sweep, it would have been panic city.
“We needed this one pretty badly,” Mark Teixeira said.
Instead, the Yankees are still in first place and they get a day off to collect themselves.
The other interesting exchange came with Melky Cabrera. He spoke through an interpreter, bullpen catcher Roman Rodriguez, to most of the media. But after he was done, I asked Melky if he realized he needed a triple for the cycle when he came to the plate in the ninth inning.
“No. Not until I started running. Then I did,” he said with a little grin.
In the dugout, the Yankees were cheering like crazy.
“I think we were all running with him,” Derek Jeter said. “He had a nice little kick.”
Chad Jennings smacked out of the park today with this feature on Shelley Duncan.
I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating. Yankees fans are very fortunate to get such comprehensive, intelligent coverage of the AAA team by Chad. A paper looking for a big-league writer would be smart to snap him him.