NEW YORK (AP) -- Yankee Stadium was nearly empty for Anibal
Sanchez's major league debut. That doesn't mean his impressive
performance went unnoticed.
Sanchez shut down the Yankees for almost six innings, Miguel
Cabrera homered and the Florida Marlins beat New York 5-0 Sunday
night to split a doubleheader.
"I was a little nervous because the Yankees are the big team in
the big leagues," said Sanchez, who pointed to his mom in the
crowd when he departed in the sixth. "I just kept throwing and
following the catcher so we're working together."
Sanchez (1-0) was called up from Double-A Carolina for an
emergency start after rain postponed Saturday's game, forcing the
makeup date Sunday night. He allowed seven hits without a walk in 5
2/3 innings, striking out two.
The 22-year-old right-hander, acquired from Boston last November
as part of a trade for Josh Beckett, didn't get into much trouble.
Robinson Cano's sixth-inning double was the only extra-base hit
The Yankees were the only major league team that hadn't been
shut out this season.
"He didn't walk anyone tonight and that's impressive for a kid
that a half an hour before the game [Saturday night] we pulled him
out of Double-A and said, 'Youre going to pitch up here,'" Marlins
manager Joe Girardi said. "He was outstanding. It's just another
unbelievable performance by another young kid."
Cano strained his left hamstring while legging out his double.
He was to be re-evaluated Monday, and his status for the series
opener against Atlanta was uncertain.
Sanchez, who was 3-6 with a 3.15 ERA for Carolina, became the
20th rookie used by the Marlins this season -- and the 10th to make
his major league debut. He retired eight of nine during one stretch
to help Florida avoid a three-game sweep and win for the 11th time
in 14 tries.
Sanchez is the second starting pitcher to win his major league
debut against New York at Yankee Stadium in the past 10 years.
Toronto's Gustavo Chacin did it on July 20, 2004.
"He had a lot of movement on his fastball," Yankees manager
Joe Torre said. "It was cutting, it was sinking, he was
impressive. I wish we had 50,000 people in the stands to intimidate
him, not that it would have."
The sparse crowd of 6,809 was the smallest at Yankee Stadium
since April 7, 1994, for a game against Texas. While the Marlins
are used to tiny crowds, especially at home, New York is not -- more
than 54,000 tickets were sold for Saturday.
New York's best chance came in the sixth, when Cano's double put
runners at second and third with one out. But Marlins first baseman
Wes Helms made a diving grab of Bernie Williams' liner, and
reliever Randy Messenger retired Melky Cabrera on a popup.
Logan Kensing and Joe Borowski finished the seven-hitter,
Florida's second shutout this year. It was the Marlins' first
victory at Yankee Stadium since Beckett went the distance to clinch
the 2003 World Series with a 2-0 win in Game 6.
Florida took a 1-0 lead in the first on Jeremy Hermida's RBI
single off Shawn Chacon, who threw 16 pitches Saturday before the
game was called. Miguel Cabrera made it 2-0 in the third with his
The Marlins padded their lead with the help of two throwing
errors by Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi. The first one put
runners at the corners in the fifth, setting up a double steal on
which Reggie Abercrombie stole home.
Another bad throw by Giambi on Abercrombie's seventh-inning bunt
allowed a run to score and sent Abercrombie all the way to third.
He scored on a short sacrifice fly by Alfredo Amezaga, making it
Chacon (4-2) allowed three runs -- two earned -- and five hits in
five innings. He hasn't won since May 6 -- he spent three weeks on
the disabled list during that span with a badly bruised left leg.
ESPN agreed to
carry Sunday night's makeup game in the New York and Miami markets.
Originally, it was to be blacked out because of ESPN's national
broadcast of the game between the Houston Astros and Chicago White