In return, it’s ‘classic’ Sabathia
NEW YORK — CC Sabathia performed a big league first Saturday: consecutive regular-season starts of at least five innings, no walks and no more than one hit.
Among Sabathia’s more remarkable feats, considering what came between.
“That is classic CC right there,” said Yankees manager Aaron Boone.
Sabathia began his 19th and final big league season with five stellar innings, pinch-hitter Luke Voit came through with a broken-bat RBI single in the seventh and the Yankees one-hit the White Sox 4-0 on Saturday to end a fourgame slide.
Sabathia allowed a hit and no other baserunners in his first start since having a stent inserted after blockage was found in an artery from his heart in December. He’s the first pitcher ever with five innings, one hit and no walks over back-to-back starts, per the Elias, although it didn’t feel quite as smooth as it looked.
“I was out there the first inning, I was like, shaking,” said Sabathia, who plans to retire after the season. “Thinking from where I came from and being back on the mound, it’s cool.”
Johnny Vander Meer pitched back-to-back nohitters for the Reds in 1938, walking a total of 11 in those two games.
Boone kept Sabathia, 38, on a short leash in his first start following offseason operations on his heart and right knee. The big lefthander struck out three, raising his career total to 2,989.
Sabathia had an almost identical line last September against the Rays. This was his first regular season start since.
Yankees starter CC Sabathia surrendered just one hit in five scoreless innings Saturday.