Eight innings of shutout pitching from CC Sabathia and three hits from Chris Carter propelled the Yankees to an 8-0 victory over the Red Sox.
Chris Carter finally had that offensive breakout everyone was expecting of him. He mashed his second home run in as many games en route to his fourth multi-hit game of the season. He pushed his season average to .202 with his 3-for-4 effort.
“There’s been a lot of ups and downs, but I’m just trying to be consistent and put the ball on the bat and hit more barrels,” Carter said, per Bryan Hoch. “Anything can happen. You never know with this game, it’s a long season. I’m just trying to keep it simple and not do too much.”
Carter realistically was inches from a second home run when the ball tipped off of a fan’s hand into the glove of BoSox right fielder Mookie Betts. It was a moment of sheer confusion on the field, as the umpires ruled that Joe Girardi had not properly signaled for a challenge within the 30-second window.
Sabathia continues to contribute massive things to this team. Over eight innings and 95 pitches, he walked none, struck out five and allowed five hits. His calm and consistent demeanor on the mound bring certainty to a team that has a lot of questions about its current ace.
“Obviously, Carter with the big three-run homer was huge,” Sabathia said, per Bryan Hoch. “Our lineup is so deep. There’s a lot of opportunities for guys on base. Hopefully, we can just keep that up.”Embed from Getty Images
The Yankees scored first in the bottom of the third on a Didi Gregorius home run. In the fourth, Gary Sánchez had an RBI single before Carter’s 3-run bomb. A Matt Holliday infield single scored Brett Gardner in the seventh. Carter struck again with an RBI single in the eighth, then Gardner singled to score Chase Headley.