"I think you can overreact and say, 'Oh no, the world's falling down.' Or you could say, 'He's got a track record".
For whatever reason Girardi opted to replace Warren with Tyler Clippard for the ninth inning - he said after the game it was because Clippard has more experience closing, so yeah, there's the reason - and it did not go smoothly. Torreyes jogged out of the box, assuming he'd just popped out, but picked up the pace as the ball fell and managed to stretch his single into an awkwardly-slid-into double. Set-up man Dellin Betances also wasn't available after throwing two straight days.
He didn't get much support from the offense today as Yankee hitters had a hard time putting their bats on the ball, striking out a whopping fifteen times while managing only four hits.
Meanwhile, the Yankees are 4-1 in their last five game twos of a series, and 4-1 in Sabathia's last five starts on grass. They're also 19-7 in Sabathia's last 26 interleague starts and are 5-2 in his last seven outings overall.
Cardinals ace Carlos Martinez made history on Saturday against the Yankees.
"His stuff was good, but we were patient [with] him and made him work", Girardi said of Martinez, who walked eight, struck out 11 - the Yankees struck out 17 times on the day - and threw 118 pitches in just 5 ¹/₃ innings.
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez delivers against the New York Yankees during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in New York.
CC Sabathia gives the Yankees exactly what they need as he pitches deep into the game.
Gyorko homered with one out in the St. Louis eighth and finished Sabathia, who gave up three hits. New York Yankees Aaron Hicks was safe at first.
St. Louis entered the night with a majors-worst 7.86 bullpen ERA.
Their first run came thanks to Martinez's lack of control. Gardner raced home easily. The Yankees are 5-0 at home for the first time since 2000.
Later, in the sixth, Ronald Torreyes lifted a high pop up to shallow left field with no outs. But he struck out Randal Grichuk to earn the save.
The imprecise command caused him to consistently fall behind in counts. They're 1-for-30 (.033) with runners in scoring position over the last three games, yet have won all three.
Torreyes moved to third on Gardner's groundout. The ball sailed over Molina and Hicks reached second. He struck out Matt Carpenter before allowing a home run to Stephen Piscotty to almost the same spot as Gyorko's dinger. After walking pinch hitter Greg Garcia, Clippard got Grichuk swinging to end it.
The combination of the Baltimore Orioles hot start (7-2) and the Yankees recent surge makes the American League East Standings appear to be upside-down, with the Blue Jays rendered to the basement based on their horrific 1-8 start and the Red Sox logging in playing only.500 baseball.
Greg Bird, on the other hand, continued to be bad. He went 0 for 3 and is 1 for 23 on the season with 11 strikeouts.
Brett Gardner hits the left field wall after making an over-the-shoulder catch in the second inning.
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