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Yankees’ Sabathia Solid; Gardner Continues Streak In 4-0 Win Over Tigers

LHP CC Sabathia took the start for the Yankees on Friday night. (Photo: www.yankees.com)

LHP CC Sabathia took the start for the Yankees on Friday night. (Photo: www.yankees.com)

The Detroit Tigers opened a three game weekend series against the New York Yankees on Friday night in the Bronx. Both clubs have been moving in the right direction lately, winning recent series’ and inching their way up their perspective divisions and an above .500 record.

Mike Pelfrey (ERA 4.68) took pitching duties for the Tigers, in his last outing the right-hander earned his first win of the season; he looked to build off that momentum while facing New York. Left-hander CC Sabathia (ERA2.28) took the start for the Yanks in the opening game series, the Yankee veteran has been having a solid season especially since returning from the DL in mid-May.

Brett Gardner extended his hitting streak to eight games with a single on a line drive to center field with one out in the bottom of the first. Carlos Beltran, who has been swinging the bat very well lately, hit a single of his own on a ground ball to left field to put runners at first and second. Pelfrey then walked Alex Rodriguez to load the bases with still just one out. The Yankees tacked their first run of the night on the board when Brian McCann walked to send home Gardner for a 1-0 lead. With bases loaded again, Starlin Castro then struck out. But, the Yankees were able to extend their lead  with a two-run double by Didi Gregorius, his ninth double of the season, on a fly ball to left field sending Beltran and Rodriguez home for a 3-0 lead.

In the bottom of the third the Yankees took a 4-0 lead over the Tigers. The inning started with a walk by Brett Gardner, and when Pelfrey tried to pickoff Gardner with Beltran at the plate, a throwing error by James McCann sent Gardner to 3rd. Beltran then singled which sent home Gardner to score.

Pelfrey then went on to retire the next ten straight before walking Jacoby Ellsbury with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. Blaine Hardy then replaced Pelfrey and was able to get Brett Gardner to pop out to end the inning.

Pelfrey’s final line was: 6.2 IP/ 6H/4R/ 3ER/ 5BB/ 2K. Blaine Hardy (ERA 1.64) then closed out the remainder of the seventh and the eighth for the Tigers,  with just one and one-third innings pitched with a lone run allowed.

It was another solid outing for CC Sabathia as he worked seven shutout innings allowing five hits and two walks while striking out four batters.

RHP Dellin Betances (ERA 3.26)  pitched the eighth inning in relief striking out two of the three batters he faced. ANthony Swarzak, who made his Major League debut earlier this week, closed out the ninth for the Yankees’ with one hit allowed and recording one strikeout.

Sabathia earned the win and now advances to (4-4) on the season; Pelfrey drops to (1-6).

Next Up:

The Tigers and Yankees will meet for the second game of the series on Saturday night with both club’s Aces taking the mound in Justin Verlander for Detroit and Masahiro Tanaka for New York.

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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