Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Three Bomber Blasts Are Difference in Crucial Game Two Dodger Shutout, 3-0

On another gorgeous night at Yankee Stadium the boys in pinstripes even the series with Dodgers in a total team shut out effort. The starters for the game featured a duel of two lefties, C.C. Sabathia for New York and 20-year-old year Julio Urias for Los Angeles. Urias struggled with command and Sabathia was again tremendous, although neither man would factor into the final decision in a game that saw runs come at a premium.

Although both starters held the game scoreless through three, where Sabathia retired at seven in a row at one point, Urias really labored by having to throw over 80 pitches in the first four frames which led to his departure in the bottom of the fourth. After drilling Brian McCann, giving up a single to Chase Headley and walking Aaron judge, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pulled his young lefty with two outs and the bases-loaded. Right-handed reliever Louis Coleman came in and got Ronald Torreyes to ground out to short, ending the inning and keeping the game still scoreless.

During the Judge walk, The big right fielder injured himself on a foul tip and would be pulled for Jacoby Ellsbury. It was later reported that Judge left the game with a right oblique strain, which could be problematic with a man of his size.

Sabathia was simply phenomenal tonight despite once again not receiving any run support to show for it. In the top of the seventh, the big lefty was pulled for Adam Warren with one out, departing  with the final line of 6.1 innings of shutout baseball, allowing just three hits while walking one and striking out six. Warren would go on to retire the next two batters to keep the score tied while sending the Yankees into the bottom of the frame.

And it was in that bottom of the seventh where the Yankees finally hit the scoreboard in a big way. Jacoby Ellsbury and pinch hitter Didi Gregorius went back-to-back off Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling with one out; Ellsbury's a second deck job in right and Gregorius's was more of a line drive over the right centerfield wall to put New York up by two.

Tyler Clippard got the first two outs in the eighth and left the third and final out up to the closer Delin Betances, who got Justin Turner to ground out to end the 8th. After Gary Sanchez added the third Yankee run with a solo shot in the bottom of the eighth, Betances struck out two in route to a huge save(11) of a much-needed Yankee victory.

The Yankees have a tough assignment as they try to win the series against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers in game three tomorrow, with first pitch scheduled for a special time of 4:05 PM/EST.

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