Published: Mon, April 17, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Yankees win Sixth Straight on the back of Sabathia

Yankees win Sixth Straight on the back of Sabathia

NOTES: The Cardinals and Yankees are the only teams to retire No. 42 for their own players. The six-game winning streak is the longest by any team in baseball so far this season. Fun!

CC Sabathia performed like the polished veteran he is with his third consecutive quality start in putting the Cardinals away efficiently and decisively. They got plenty of help from sloppy St. Louis, which at 3-8 is off to its worst start in 20 years and has the poorest record in the NL. It is a team sport, after all. The Japanese right-hander allowed three runs, five hits and two walks and struck out five.

The Cubs loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth inning before Tony Watson got Ben Zobrist on a grounder for his third save.

The left-hander allowed his run on a one-out home run to Jedd Gyorko in the eighth and gave up three hits. Love seeing the big man thrive after all those tough seasons when he looked done.

The New York Yankees hardly hit a ball square against Carlos Martinez and the St. Louis Cardinals. Of the first 12 batters, none put the ball in play. What an odd start to the game. The left-hander, who has become a crafty pitcher in recent years, recorded his 225th win and also allowed three or fewer hits in at least 7 1/3 innings for the first time since September 21, 2012 against Oakland. "He's going to be really good and he's going to be the pitcher that we've seen the last three years". After throwing 57 pitches in the first two innings, he needed only 49 pitches to get through the next three innings.

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They scored a lone run in the second inning on a wild pitch that was uncorked by Carlos Martinez, and Sabathia managed to make that run hold up until he ran out of gas in the seventh inning. Martinez had to grind for five innings. Shortstop Ronald Torreyes hit a lazy popup to shallow left, but it was horribly misplayed by the Cardinals outfield. Then he scored when Martinez collected Aaron Hicks' comebacker and tried making an ugly across-the-body throw home. After a replay review confirmed his left hand stayed on second base while sliding on his back, Torreyes took third on a groundout by Gardner.

"You want to see them be able to do that because those are the big outs", Girardi said. The gift leadoff double was much appreciated. He tried to come home to cut down the runner, and the throw sailed way wide of the plate and to the backstop. Chris Carter then drove Hicks home on a single to left.

Austin Romine put NY up 3-2 with a solo homer in the second, hours after Girardi remarked the glove-first catcher has "figured it out a little bit" at the plate.

Then Clippard struggled through a hard ninth.

Tyler Clippard entered in the ninth and gave up a one-out homer to Stephen Piscotty, a two-out single to pinch-hitter Matt Adams and a walk to Greg Garcia. The tying run was at second base when Clippard got Grichuk to wave at a changeup out of the zone for the 27th out. The Yankees are 1 for 30 with runners in scoring position over their last three games, all wins. The usually exceptional Yadier Molina had a rough inning, giving up a passed ball and the wild pitch that could arguably have been a passed ball as well.

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