Game 131: NYY vs. LAD — Close but just not enough in Saturday matinee

California native CC Sabathia got the start in this afternoon’s second game of this series against the Dodgers. Sabathia threw 78 pitches in 4 strong innings, gave up 5 hits, a walk, and 2 runs, and struck out an impressive 7 Los Angeles’ batters. And because of the lack of run support, he still ended up earning the loss.

Sabathia’s lone weak inning was the 3rd. A lead-off single scored on a 1-out 2-run home run for the Dodgers’ lone allowed runs today. The Dodgers, however, kept pressing on. Sabathia gave up a walk and single, and after a stolen base, both runners were in scoring position. But he and the defense got out of the threat with those necessary 2 outs.

The rest of Sabathia’s outing was nearly flawless. He handed things over to recently signed Cory Gearrin for 2 outs in the 5th and Green closed out that inning and pitched into the 7th. Ottavino closed out that one. Britton sailed his way through a 10-pitch 8th inning to close out the Yankees’ pitching show, together racking up 12 strike outs.

And as strong as they were, the Dodgers seemed to match them in nearly ever statistic. The Yankees did try to break through, but the only run they got was Aaron Judge’s lead-off solo home run in the 4th. There wasn’t much else the home team’s pitching staff allowed the Yankees to try to chip away at their minuscule lead.

Final score: 2-1 Dodgers

With Judge’s home run in the 4th, the Yankees officially tied the record for the most home runs in a single month with 58. That makes them even with the 1987 Orioles and the 1999 Mariners, which they both did in May of those respective years. And there’s still one more week left of August to officially set the record for future seasons and teams.

Roster moves: Yesterday, the Yankees sent Luke Voit to AAA Scranton for his rehab assignment. With a strong rehab, Voit will rejoin the Yankees when they return for their home stand next weekend.

They also claimed reliever Cory Gearrin off waivers from the Mariners, releasing Domingo Acevedo from the roster. Then today, they activated him to pitch in today’s game, optioning Jonathan Loaisiga back to AAA Scranton to make room.

Go Yankees!

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