NEW YORK — He will make another regular season start and he may also take the mound in the postseason, but the Yankee fans in attendance made sure to give CC Sabathia the ovation he deserved after he pitched his last regular season start at Yankee Stadium.
Though he lasted just 2.2 innings, Sabathia has become a Yankee legend and a clubhouse leader in his 11 seasons in The Bronx. With this being his final year, New York fans wanted to make sure he knew his dedication to the Pinstripes is much appreciated by the Yankee faithful around the world.
The game remained close but the Angels broke through in the sixth. Facing Adam Ottavino, Los Angeles loaded the bases with three consecutive hits to open the frame.
Ottavino though struckout Andrelton Simmons to set-up a matchup with Albert Pujols. The right-hander was able to induce a soft groundball back to the mound but instead of a 1-2-3 double play to the inning, Ottavino airmailed the throw and did not get anyone out.
While the Angels did not score again, New York was unable to overcome the one-run deficit. A trio of Angel relievers combined to pitch five innings of shutout ball, allowing only a Brett Gardner ninth-inning single.