The Colorado Rockies were unable to follow up on Friday night's victory over the New York Yankees with a win on Saturday afternoon, falling, 8-3, to CC Sabathia and his offensive support. The Rockies needed to wait until the ninth inning to finally make some, albeit late, noise.
The Rockies scored their first run of the game in the eighth inning on a Seth Smith single to right field, putting Matt Pagnozzi across home plate. In the top of the ninth, Jason Giambi (0-for-3, 2 K), one day after homering at New Yankee Stadium, drew a leadoff walk before Ty Wigginton blasted a home run ball to left field, his 10th of the season, off Buddy Carlyle. Of course, manager Jim Tracy took Carlos Gonzalez, Todd Helton and Troy Tulowitzki out of the game early when the team was down. 8-0.
The Yankees' CC Sabathia became the first pitcher to reach 10 wins this season by twirling a gem. He allowed one run on seven hits and struck out nine. Aaron Cook, though, looked lost once again by allowing six runs over 5.2 innings. It all went wrong from the start, allowing a bunt single to Brett Gardner to start the game. After stealing second, Gardner scored on a Curtis Granderson single.
Alex Rodriguez added three RBI with an RBI single and a two-run double. Nick Swisher and Jorge Posada contributed with a sac fly and an RBI double, respectively. Rex Brothers and Clayton Mortensen kept the Yankees off the board for 1.1 innings, but Rafael Betancourt surrendered a two-run home run to Mark Teixeira in the eighth inning.
The Rockies (38-38, 19-19 away) complete this series on Sunday afternoon at 12:05 p.m. MT. Juan Nicasio and Ivan Nova are scheduled to start.