Saturday, May 4, 2013
Sabathia annoyed at home-plate ump
By Kieran Darcy
CC Sabathia dropped to 4-3 for the season Friday.
CC Sabathia wasn't happy following the Yankees' 2-0 loss to the A's on Friday -- and not just because he suffered his third defeat of the season.
Sabathia was ticked that home-plate umpire Jordan Baker yelled at him in the top of the third inning.
"I can’t be yelled at," Sabathia said. "I’m a grown man, and I didn’t say nothing to him, and he came back from behind the plate, so of course I was animated."
With two outs in the frame, Sabathia thought he had struck out Jed Lowrie on a 2-2 slider to end the inning. But Baker called the pitch a ball, and three pitches later Lowrie ended up singling. Sabathia reacted angrily, but said it was not directed at the ump. His catcher agreed.
"It was just kinda of a miscommunication," Chris Stewart said. "CC was mad at himself, the umpire thought he was talking to him, it was overblown. It wasn’t really a situation, it just kind of looked like it."
Sabathia said he couldn't recall what Baker said to him. "I don’t even remember," Sabathia said. "I don’t even remember what I said to him after. I just lost it."
Manager Joe Girardi went to the mound after the exchange. "I was just making sure that he kept his composure," Girardi said.
Sabathia ended up going six innings, but needed 118 pitches to do so, giving up two runs on eight hits. He dropped to 4-3 on the season, with a 3.31 ERA.