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