Feeling that CC Sabathia’s might have gotten squeezed by home plate umpires Gerry Davis’ strike zone, Yankees manager Joe Girardi questioned some of the calls during an in-game interview.
“He’s thrown a lot of pitches and I think he’s made some good pitches and some borderline pitches that he hasn’t gotten tonight,” Girardi said during the middle of fourth inning of TBS’ broadcast of Game 3 of the ALDS. “But he’s thrown the ball well and to get out of that jam (in the third inning), bases loaded, no outs and to only give up one run after he gave up the first run. That’s pretty good pitching.
Sabathia only lasted 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and six walks (one intentional). He need doubleplays in each of the first three innings so he wasn’t blown out. In all, Sabathia threw 106 pitches and only 62 were strikes.
Coming into the game, Sabathia had excelled with Davis behind the plate. It might have just been happenstance with Davis as his home plate ump, Sabathia previously was 6-0 with a 2.19 ERA.