Sabathia shines in 3-2 win over Cardinals on Jackie Robinson day

Sabathia shines in 3-2 win over Cardinals on Jackie Robinson day

Sabathia shines in 3-2 win over Cardinals on Jackie Robinson day

For eight innings, it looked like the Yankees were going to grab Saturday's victory simply by showing up.

Michael Wacha (1-1) struck out 8 for struggling St. Louis but allowed 2 home runs and 4 runs over 6 innings.

In Friday's opener of this set, the Yankees eked out a 4-3 victory.

For whatever reason Girardi opted to replace Warren with Tyler Clippard for the ninth inning - he said after the game it was because Clippard has more experience closing, so yeah, there's the reason - and it did not go smoothly. And Aroldis Chapman picked up the save despite surrendering a walk and a double. Set-up man Dellin Betances also wasn't available after throwing two straight days. He originally was slated to start Thursday, but the Yankees pushed back their starters to insert Jordan Montgomery into the fifth spot Wednesday.

The final game of the series is an ESPN Sunday Night Baseball telecast in which the Yankees will send Michael Pineda to the hill with the hope that he can repeat the effort he gave in his last start and allowing the Yankees to convert their second consecutive three-game series sweep.

Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez, who Girardi called "electric" before the game, lived up to that reputation in a freakish outing. Yeah. I can remember a particular one in Cleveland previous year where we gave him about 13 runs in the first five innings, he couldn't get through five innings.

The Yankees have been able to shorten games with their terrific bullpen over the years, and Girardi liked seeing them do it even when they weren't at their best.

Tanaka pitched brilliantly in six spring training starts, allowing just one run on nine hits in 23.2 innings. NEW YORK YANKEES ONLINE HERE via MLB.tv's live stream of this game, enjoy!

Their first run came thanks to Martinez's lack of control. It is his lowest ERA through the first three starts since 2011, and before losing his shutout bid on Jedd Gyorko's home run, Sabathia retired 17 of 19 hitters. Gardner raced home easily. Wacha (1-0) is coming off the worst season of his career - he was 7-7 with a 5.09 ERA in 27 appearances in 2016. Ronald Torreyes led off with a routine fly that dropped for a double when the Cardinals lost it in the sun. But he struck out Randal Grichuk to earn the save. It fell just in front of him.

The mistake and the hustle hurt the Cardinals, who were also hitless in three at-bats with runners in scoring position. Gardner advanced Torreyes to third with a groundout.

Torreyes led off with a pop-up just beyond shortstop that no one came close to fielding and he barely beat the throw to second for a "double". The ball sailed over Molina and Hicks reached second. Chris Carter then drove Hicks home on a single to left. He punched out Matt Carpenter leading off the inning and then allowed a dinger to Stephen Piscotty. After walking pinch hitter Greg Garcia, Clippard got Grichuk swinging to end it.

ORIOLES 6, BLUE JAYS 4: Plate umpire Dale Scott suffered a concussion when he was hit in the facemask by Mark Trumbo's foul tip, casting a shadow over Baltimore's win at Toronto.

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