Sabathia solid again as Indians win

The Indians got another great performance by ace C.C Sabathia as they edged the White Sox 4-3 Tuesday night. He allowed only two unearned runs in six innings and got his fifth win of the month. The White Sox were able to take an early lead with a Jermaine Dye solo homer in the first. They were able to add two more in the second, partially due to Victor Martinez’s throwing error to first base. However, the Tribe came right back in the bottom of the inning and scored four. Jhonny Peralta had a two-run line drive home run and Travis Hafner and Martinez both followed with doubles. The Tribe bullpen did a superb job holding the one run lead and Bob Wickman picked up his eighth save of the season.

“That was awesome,” Sabathia said of the performance of the much-improved ‘pen. “If we can get that every night, the starters will be a lot more comfortable coming out of the game after the sixth.”

Sabathia was really impressive in a couple of situations. In the fifth when the Sox had two on, C.C battled with Konerko and ended up striking him out. The next inning, Sizemore, Michaels, and Peralta had communication problems on a high fly ball that dropped between the three to put runners on first and second with one out. With the game being tight, C.C really focused following the blunder and retired the next two hitters. The old Sabathia would have gotten upset when his defense would make a mistake and would let it affect his performance. The new and improved C.C did not let it go to his head and just did his job. The game was close and he showed great poise on the mound in those two innings.

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