Forget the chill in the Big Apple. The mound is on fire with the Big C.

Shinrai AquinoContributor IOctober 17, 2009

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16:  CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees throws out Torii Hunter #48 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at first base in the sixth inning of Game One of the ALCS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 16, 2009 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
If everyone in the Yankees Stadium was cold, CC Sabathia was hot in the mound.

The Yankees' starter dominated 8 innings with 7 strikeouts, 4 hits and just 1 run. CC did give up a walk to Kendry Morales in the seventh inning but no damage done.

In the top of the sixth, Sabathia had a 3 up, 3 down with the help of amazing defensive performances from Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira, respectively. Damon almost dived to catch Bobby Abreau's line out hit to the left field. The next batter was Torii Hunter whose bunt grounded out to Sabathia to Teixeira. The Yankees' first baseman's legs were in full extension in almost a split as he caught the ball in the first base. With two batters already out, Sabathia struck out the third batter, Vladimir Guerrero, on one ball count.

One of CC's amazing strikeouts was to Mike Napoli in the seventh inning. The anticipated strike out earned a loud cheer from the crowd and a big "Yeah!" from CC himself. Napoli was the second batter Sabathia struck out in the inning. The first was Juan Rivera.

Sabathia still pitched in the eighth. Erick Aybar and Chone Figgins, the two Angels that gave the Yankees a run on Matsui's pop out in the bottom of the first, both grounded out. Next to bat was Bobby Abreu who hit a fly out to left field.

CC allowed only one run earned from Kendry Morales' line drive base hit that advanced Vladimir Guerrero, who hit a double RBI, to the home plate. Sabathia left the mound with 1.13 ERA.

The Yankees were able to have 4 runs from Jeter, Damon and Cabrera. Damon scored twice. A-Rod attempted to make a run in the bottom of the fifth, but he was called out at the plate as he collided with catcher Jeff Mathis.

In the top of the ninth inning, Mariano Rivera was called from the bullpen to close the game. His first pitched was to Torii Hunter who earned a walk on one strike count. Next to bat was Vladimir Guerrero who struck out on Mo's 91 MPH cutter. The last two batters, who had to hit nothing but the Sandman's cutter, flied out to right field and centre field, respectively.

Mariano Rivera sealed the ALCS Game 1 with the Yankees leading, 4-1, against the Angels.