Yankees 2, Red Sox 1

Brett Gardner scoring on Alex Rodriguez’s double in the third inning Thursday against the Red Sox.

By ZACH SCHONBRUN

August 6, 2015

The scene grew tense at Yankee Stadium, or at least as tense as the fifth inning of a tie game against a last-place team can seem in early August. The Yankees were facing their archrivals, the Boston Red Sox, and the bases were loaded for David Ortiz.
This was the moment for C. C. Sabathia. His 15th season has been his worst. His dependability as a bona fide starter has eroded. His confidence has wavered. He labored so much in his last start, in the searing Texas heat, that he was hospitalized with symptoms of dehydration.
So with a familiar nemesis, Ortiz, digging in with nowhere to go, and with no margin for error, it was a good time for Sabathia to rustle the cobwebs off his Cy Young repertoire. He zipped a 94-mile-per-hour fastball past a heaving Ortiz before launching into a colorful tirade as he high-stepped off the mound, his emotions spilling over.
It was a welcome, long-awaited sight for Yankees fans, and another followed soon after, when Jacoby Ellsbury launched a solo home run in the seventh. It was all the Yankees needed, and they held on to win, 2-1, in front of a sellout crowd.

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The homer came too late for Sabathia to earn a win, but after shutting down the Red Sox for six innings, with just one run and three hits allowed, along with eight strikeouts, Sabathia certainly deserved it.
The temperate conditions at the Stadium helped. Sabathia’s last start, on July 30, featured temperatures pushing past 100 degrees at the start of the game. Sabathia threw 80 pitches in five innings but needed intravenous fluids shortly after retiring to the clubhouse. He later said he had never experienced anything like it in his career.
The extra days seemed to refuel him, both physically and emotionally. He was undoubtedly fired up, and at one point in the fourth, the home-plate umpire, Rob Drake, came out to the mound to exchange words with Sabathia, a 6-foot-7 left-hander.
Sabathia said after the game that Drake had taken umbrage with Sabathia’s body language during an at-bat by Hanley Ramirez. Drake apparently warned Sabathia to behave after he walked around the mound after striking Ramirez out.
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