By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
August 2nd, 2013
New York Yankees vs San Diego Padres
Final Score: Yankees 2 Padres 7
The New York Yankees couldn’t keep up their momentum from a nice late-inning win in Los Angeles against the Dodgers, but on Friday night they were beaten pretty good by the San Diego Padres. The loss put the Yankees at (56-52), and are 8.5 games out of first place for the AL East.
For Yankees Starter C.C. Sabathia it was more of the same for him on Friday night against the Padres, as his struggles continue, and he picked up his 10th loss of the season, with an ERA that is getting very close to five. The Padres wasted little time getting to Sabathia, as in the first inning with the bases loaded, Sabathia walked Yonder Alonso for the first run of the game. The second run of the first inning would come one batter later, as Jedd Gyorko grounded out to Sabathia, which allowed Chase Headley to score. The fourth inning the Padres would strike for two more, as Logan Forsythe hit a solo-home run, which was his fourth of the year and broke a 2-2 tie at the time. Later in the fourth inning Sabathia would hurt himself by not covering First Base on a ground ball by Andrew Cashner, which should have been an out, but instead Everth Cabrera hit a triple right after to score Cashner. The sixth inning would be the one where Sabathia made his exit, as after a Chris Denorfia hit a single that scored Nick Hundley, Sabathia was pulled from the game. Sabathia went 5.2 innings allowing five runs on 11 hits and three walks. In Sabathia's last three starts he has given up a total of 19 earned runs, and looks like a shell of his old self.
Padres Starter Andrew Cashner was much better than Sabathia in this game, as the young right-hander picked up his 8th win of the season. Cashner went seven innings allowing just two runs on seven hits. The only bad inning for Cashner came in the second when the Yankees scored both of their runs. After an Ichiro Suzuki single, Eduardo Nunez knocked him home with a double, and then Sabathia had his first RBI of the season on a ground out to Third Base that scored Nunez.
After Preston Claiborne got out of the jam he was put in from Sabathia in the sixth inning, the Yankees bullpen wasn’t very good in the final two innings. In the seventh inning Joba Chamberlain gave up a solo-home run to Gyorko, and then in the eighth inning Adam Warren gave up a solo-home run to Will Venable, which was the final run in what was a rough game for the Yankees.
On Saturday night the Yankees will look to bounce back from the loss on Friday night, as Ivan Nova (4-4, 3.41) will be facing Tyson Ross (2-4, 2.90).