“Today was amazing because I got a chance to see the radar gun,” said Curtis Granderson, who could see a radar reading above the third-base dugout. “The one at-bat that stood out a lot was the at-bat against Travis Hafner — I think his second or third at-bat — when (Sabathia) went 97 with a fastball that Hafner had a swing and miss on, and then came back with a hard slider down and away. I was like, that’s just not fair, the fact that you’re able to do those two as effectively as he was able to all night tonight.”The win was Sabathia's MLB leading 12th of the year and the start dropped the big fella's ERA to 2.90.
Speaking of Granderson, he led the way for the Yanks offensively, picking up three hits, including two long balls and driving in three. The two homers raised his total to 25 on the year, tying him with Mark Teixeira for the team lead. It's also the first time since 1961 that the Yankees have two players with at least 25 home runs at the break.
Jorge Posada, Robinson Cano, Nick Swisher and Francisco Cervelli also drove in a run apiece for the Yanks.
Overall, the Yankees banged out 17 hits on the night, their 2nd highest total of the season -- their highest was 18 in their June 2nd win also over the Tribe.
The rubber game of this three-game set is tomorrow night at The Prog as Phil Hughes makes his return to the mound. He will be facing former Red Sock, Justin Masterson. First pitch is set for 7:05 PM.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: CC Sabathia
HONORABLE MENTION: Curtis Granderson