CC Sabathia could not finish what he started on Wednesday – twice.
In the second inning of the Yankees' 4-1 defeat of the White Sox, Sabathia found himself in a two-two clash but 0-2 on left-fielder Ryan LaMarre. But Sabathia lost the fight and LaMarre cracked a double-double. In the fourth, with two out and one on, LaMarre did not wait for two strikes. He doubled to 1-0 routers for a 3-0 lead.
"Just did not make any pitches when I needed it, he had two punches and could not play a game," said Sabathia (7-5), who suffered her first loss since 9 July, a defeat that left five defeats and a win before Wednesday followed. The Yankees offensive was tough and weak, Sabathia thought his buddies would find a way to dismiss him on his second start from the 1
But it was not meant to be and the defeat meant a serial loss for the White Sox.
"Anything I try is going out and giving the team the chance to win," Sabathia said. "This is a good team and we always beat, so you just have to give them a chance."
The three runs Sabathia performed were the most he had given since the four Indians made July 14th. In five starts Before Wednesday, Sabathia, who had denied six innings with five strokes and two walks while striking five, had been charged with only seven runs.
"I thought he was really keen in the first inning, one of his better first innings," said manager Aaron Boone. "I thought he was really crisp, attacked the zone had a quick inning and then the second inning …"
Yes, this second inning, especially with two strikes on LaMarre, who drove in all four Chicago races and proved to be all that was necessary to undo Sabathia.
"He made some sounds, did not execute," said Sabathia.
"A few batsmen, maybe with two punches, you could see their approach to getting something about the plate and working it the other way," said Boone. "I thought they did that well, maybe he did not put his cutter on a few pitches and then LaMarre, even early in the year [with] Minnesota, unfortunately for us, he had many really good at-bats against us and him Two of those swings were against Sabathia, the perfect 1-2-3 innings in the first, third and sixth, and did not allow a homer for a fourth start in.
The difference was tonight with a few big swings Episode. LaMarre was in seventh at the expense of Chad Green.