Despite giving up back-to-back home runs in the first inning and getting ejected after the sixth, CC Sabathia led his team to victory as the New York Yankees defeated the Los Angeles Angels 6-2 Sunday afternoon to complete the three-game sweep. It is the first home three-game sweep of the Angels since 1995.
Sabathia (W: 3-7, 5.25 ERA) served up consecutive home runs to Angels sluggers Mike Trout (16) and Albert Pujols (15) with one out in the top of the first. Trout lined his into the left-field bleachers, a laser shot that put the Angels up 1-0. Pujols followed with his home run, a much loftier drive that left no doubt as to where it was going. For Pujols, it was career home run #535, which passes the legendary Jimmie Foxx for 17th place on the all-time list.
Next on the list are Mickey Mantle (536), Mike Schmidt (548), and Manny Ramirez (555).
Those two home runs are the only tallies the Angels would make.
Sabathia allowed two runs on five hits in his six innings. He walked one and struck out seven. Andrew Miller struck out the side in the ninth, but it was not a save situation.
Sabathia and manager Joe Girardi were both ejected after the top of the sixth. Sabathia did not like the calls from home plate umpire Dan Bellino, and Girardi argued after Sabathia's ejection.
The Yankees got on the board in the bottom of the third on Didi Gregorius's RBI ground ball that scored Jose Pirela. The remaining Yankee runs all came via the home run.
In the fifth, Chris Young led off with a solo shot (7) to tie the game at 2-2. One out and two singles later, Brett Gardner lined a three-run shot (5) right down the right-field line to score John Ryan Murphy and Gregorius ahead of him and give the Yankees the lead for good (video). Finally, Pirela hit his first Major League home run (1) into the Yankees' bullpen in the bottom of the eighth.
C.J. Wilson (L: 3-5, 3.92) allowed all six runs on seven hits in seven innings while walking none and striking out eight.
Both teams have Monday off. On Tuesday, the Yankees welcome the Washington Nationals to town for two games while the Angels visit the Tampa Bay Rays for three.