CC Sabathia tantalized Yankee fans yesterday afternoon, tossing 7 2/3 innings of no-hit ball against one of the top offenses in baseball, as the Yankees pounded the Rays 10-0 to even the weekend series at one apiece.
Backup catcher Kelly Shoppach of all people broke up CC's no-hit bid in the eighth inning. I was watching the game while at my new favorite bar, and struck up a conversation with the friendly couple next to me, as the husband was wearing a Yankee hat. I hadn't seen the entire game, and around the 7th inning we were wondering if Sabathia had even given up a walk. A quick BBM to my brother and we had our answer, but it didn't dim our excitement any at the prospect of the Yankees' first no-hitter in 11 years (crazy that it's been that long, eh?).
In any event, Girardi obviously pulled CC after the hit and 111 pitches. On the offensive side the Yanks raked, highlighted by Cano's second home run of the season and Tex finally getting off the schneid and picking up three hits. NJ picked up another walk, tying him for 3rd-most in the AL, although it'd be great to see him start hitting a bit as well.
As a team, the Yankee offense is right where you'd expect them to be -- tied for 2nd in all of MLB in wOBA and first in the AL. Somehow the Phillies are wOBAing .420 as a team through five games, or the equivalent of sending nine 2009 Prince Fielders to the plate per game. That obviously won't last, but that's a pretty dominating performance in the early going.
Be great to see the Yankees pick up a second straight series win against a primary AL East foe later this afternoon.