MLB Game Summary - Cincinnati at NY Yankees|
(Sunday, May 20th)
Final Score: Cincinnati 5, NY Yankees 2
Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Ryan Ludwick homered and drove in three runs on
Sunday and the Cincinnati Reds beat the New York Yankees for the second day
in a row, 5-2, to finish off a three-game series.
Johnny Cueto (5-1) pitched into the eighth inning, outlasting Yankees ace CC
Sabathia, and picked up the win after allowing two runs on eight hits and two
The 26-year-old righty, coming off his first loss last Tuesday at Atlanta,
struck out five.
Sabathia (5-2) didn't give up a hit until the fifth but allowed three runs in
the seventh to lose a 2-0 lead. The runs included solo homers by Ludwick and
The 31-year-old lefty has dropped two straight starts and the Yankees have
lost five of their last six games. Sabathia suffered only his eighth loss in
42 career interleague starts (20-8).
"It was 2-0 in the seventh inning," said Sabathia. "That should be good enough
to win a ballgame, especially since I felt like I was pitching pretty good up
until that point. It should be enough."
Raul Ibanez hit a two-run homer for New York.
The Reds won despite going just 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and
stranding 11 men on base.
Ibanez gave the scoreless game a jolt in the sixth with his ninth homer of the
year, a high two-run shot to right on a 94 mph fastball.
But the Reds came back with a pair of homers and three runs in the seventh to
take the lead. Ludwick hit a first-pitch sinker over the left field wall for
his fourth homer leading off and Hanigan cracked a one-out fastball to left
for his first blast of the season.
"Those two runs put us right back in the game," said Reds manager Dusty Baker.
The Reds loaded the bases after Hanigan's homer, and Sabathia walked Brandon
Phillips on an outside 3-2 pitch to force in the go-ahead run.
Curtis Granderson singled to lead off the eighth inning, chasing Cueto for
Sean Marshall, who got the first out. Alex Rodriguez then hit a long fly ball
to left off Logan Ondrusek that he appeared to think was a homer as he flipped
his bat and trotted toward first.
The ball died in the wind before the warning track, however, and Ibanez popped
out to end the inning.
"I thought that ball was gone, big time," Baker said of Rodriguez's long fly
out. "He probably thought it was gone, too. But the elements were with us on
Cincinnati tacked on a pair of runs in the ninth on Ludwick's two-run double
and Aroldis Chapman stranded a runner at second base in the ninth to pick up
his first save.
Defense and good pitching dominated the earlier innings.
In the third inning, Phillips and Joey Votto combined for a highlight-reel
double play on a grounder hit up the middle by Derek Jeter.
Phillips slid behind second to field the ball, tagged the base with his glove
while he was still on the ground, then threw wide to first. Votto came off the
bag and scraped Jeter with a tag to finish it off.
Votto was retired on a good play in the fourth by Robinson Cano, who scrambled
toward second base for a grounder and threw sidearm across his body to first.
In the bottom of the fourth, Votto started an inning-ending double play with a
pick at first on Eric Chavez's sharp grounder. He gunned it to second for the
lead runner and stepped back to first for the return throw.
Cincinnati was hitless until Todd Frazier's single through the left side past
a diving Jeter with one out in the fifth. Frazier was caught stealing second,
but Hanigan had a base hit and Zack Cozart reached on an error by Rodriguez at
third to put two runners on.
Sabathia escaped trouble on a Chris Heisey pop out, then stranded a runner at
third in the next inning.
Sabathia gave up three runs on six hits and five walks, striking out six in
seven innings...The Reds struck out 10 times in the game and 35 times in the
series...The Yankees will continue a six-game homestand with a three-game
series against Kansas City starting on Monday...The Reds went 4-3 on a seven-
game road trip, the last five games in New York against the Mets and Yankees.
They return to Cincinnati for seven straight at home starting with the opener
of a four-game series against Atlanta on Monday...Jeter was 0-for-4 and had an
eight-game hitting streak snapped.
05/20 19:36:08 ET