Sabathia joined the ranks of Randy Johnson, Steve Carlton and Mickey Lolich as the four lefties to have accomplished the feat. Sabathia only needs 32 more strikeouts to catch Lolich (2,032), but Randy Johnson (4,875) and Steve Carlton (4,136) hold a sizeable advantage.
Unfortunately, the start wasn't ideal for Sabathia. The 37-year-old southpaw lasted just 4.1 innings in the contest, allowing four runs on five hits and a walk during the span. Despite the struggle Thursday, he still owns a 3.66 ERA on the campaign with a 9-3 record over 17 outings.
After a couple of down seasons in 2014 and 2015, Sabathia has returned to form in 2016 and 2017. Sabathia's 3.66 ERA is his lowest in the category since 2012, the third of three straight All-Star seasons for him.
While Sabathia didn't last as long Thursday as the Yankees would have hoped, they scored a run in both the eighth and ninth innings to erase a two-run deficit. The team went on to win on a Brett Gardner walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning.
Thanks to some surprises like Sabathia, the Yankees remain a bit of a surprise contender in the AL East. Sporting a 54-46 record, the Bronx Bombers sits just a half-game back of the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees return to the diamond for the second of a four-game series against the Rays on Friday evening, while Sabathia's next scheduled start is Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers.