Heathcott Heroics Caps Stunning Win In Tampa

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CC Sabathia puts together an impressive outing, allowing just three hits and striking out six over 6 2/3 shutout innings at Tropicana Field on September 14, 2015

Game 143 / 79-64 / 2nd / -3 GB : The Yankees were no-hit over 7 innings, shut out through 8.2, and down to their last out in the 9th when all Hell broke loose. A Brett Gardner walk, an Alex Rodriguez game tying-double, then 2 batters later a stunning 3-run homer by Slade Heathcott off Ray’s closer Brad Boxberger gave New York a 4-1 lead. Almost overlooked in the dramatics was CC Sabathia‘s best performance of the season, matching zeros on the scoreboard when the Bombers had no clue at the plate against Tampa’s Erasmo Ramirez.

Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.

Yankees 4, Rays 1

 

  • Big Man Performance   CC delivered 6.2 solid innings of work in his second start since coming off the DL. He had not fared exceptionally well against the Rays (13-14 in 37 career starts with 3.83 ERA) and especially at Tropicana (5-8 in 19 starts, 4.19 ERA), but tonight he looked liked he owned the joint.
  • Squeezed At Tropicana   Oh, the irony. Home plate ump Vic Carapazza didn’t give CC an inch on pitch calls. Some on the black of the plate, some right down Broadway, all called balls. It almost seemed the only way he was getting strike calls was on swings and misses. The Big Man kept his cool, though.
  • Beltran Busts Up No-No   A solid smash to right leading off the top of the 8th put an end to the drama for the moment, but it was still a 0-0 nail biter in game New York could not afford to lose.
  • Updated John Sterling Call   Previously “A heat shot from Heathcott”, John added “He ‘Slade’ it!” on tonight’s blast.
  • Yanks Pull Even   In games played that is, so the”.5″ is gone from the GB column for now. The team is an even 3 behind with 19 left to play.

“Just tremendous. You get caught up and I become a fan when you’re watching a young kid with so much talent. Big, signature Yankee moment.” ‐ Alex Rodriguez on Slade Heathcott  (h/t: Chad Jennings/LoHud)

MEMORY LANE : On today’s date in 1942, The Yankees win their 13th American League pennant when they beat Cleveland at League Park, 8-3. The Bronx Bombers will finish the season 103-51, nine games ahead of Boston, but will lose the World Series to the Cardinals in five games …

Today in 1952, the Yankees win their 24th pennant, and ninth under Casey Stengel. This ties Casey for first with Connie Mack for the most American League pennants won …

(h/t: Baseball-Reference.com, NationalPastime.com, Today in Baseball History)

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