Joba Chamberlain took the blame for today’s loss, but CC Sabathia wasn’t exactly happy with his performance either. Through the first three innings he seemed to have nearly unhittable stuff, but in the fourth, fifth and sixth he allowed five runs on six hits and two walks.
“I felt like I kept (the Indians) in the game,” he said. “Every time we scored a couple of runs I would give up a run or two and keep them in the game. We scored 11 runs or 10 runs today while I was up there. I should have just been able to shut them down and keep the game under control.”
Sabathia hasn’t won since May 3 and he’s allowed at least five runs in three of his past four starts.
“Today the stuff was there, against the Mets the stuff was there,” he said. “It’s just bad locations and not being able to make a pitch when I need to.”
Sabathia said the lengthy delay during the third inning — when David Huff was hit by the line drive — was not the cause of his struggles, but clearly something changed after that third inning. He simply looked like a different pitcher.
“CC rolled through the first three innings and it seemed like after that he got out of his rhythm,” Joe Girardi said. “I don’t know if it’s the situation where we have the long bottom of the third when the pitcher gets hit, but he lost his rhythm.”
Here’s Girardi’s postgame session with the media.
• Not the most encouraging stat for the Yankees: After that 21-8 start, the Yankees have gone 8-12 in their past 20 games. “We got off to a great start and we’ve kind of treaded water since then,” Girardi said. “It’s frustrating for us. We expect to win every day.”
• Dave Robertson said the pain in his lower back was directly above the spot where Joe Mauer hit him with a line drive on Wednesday. He didn’t feel it in the bullpen, but he started to feel it on the pitch that hit Trevor Crowe. “It just tensed up a little bit and I couldn’t finish a pitch out there,” he said. Robertson got some ice on it and said he’s not worried about any long-term impact. Robertson had not allowed a run in his past seven outings.
• Curtis Granderson said he did not feel sore after playing in last night’s game and he expects to play tomorrow. He showed up at the park ready to play today. “I was ready to go,” he said.
• Sabathia said the communications between him and Francisco Cervelli had nothing to do with disagreement over pitches. “That was just a sign thing,” he said. “Just missing signs.” It certainly seemed to be more than that, but Sabathia said it was a non-issue.
• Indians catcher Lou Marson said Huff was not talking when he got to the mound, but Huff was able to talk to the training staff. “It happened so quick,” Marson said. “He hit it so hard, by the time the ball was in right field, he was laying there.”
• Huff was back at Yankee Stadium after the game, but he did not talk to reporters. Sabathia spent a long time in the Indians organization, but he didn’t know Huff.
• Two more Sabathia notes: He did not allow a home run, breaking a career-long streak of seven games with one. He is also winless in his past five starts, his longest streak as a Yankee.
• Robinson Cano extended his hitting streak to 12 games, which passed Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter for the Yankees longest hitting streak of the season.
• Alex Rodriguez had gone seven straight games without an RBI, and Mark Teixeira had gone 10 straight without an RBI. Both streaks ended today.
• Jeter hit his 449th career double, tying Bernie Williams for second place on the all-time franchise list behind Lou Gehrig (534). According to Elias, Jeter has more runs (1,602) and hits (2,807) within 15 years of his debut than any other player in Major League history.
Associated Press photos of Sabathia and Robertson with trainer Steve Donohue