- Last Updated: 8:59 AM, June 13, 2012
- Posted: 1:48 AM, June 13, 2012
ATLANTA — CC Sabathia certainly wasn’t going to throw the victory back into the Georgia evening.
Yet, the Yankees ace was irritated by the way he pitched throughout his seven-inning stint last night in a pulsating 6-4 victory over the Braves at Turner Field.
“I was all over the place,’’ Sabathia said of his fastball that lacked command and figured in the Braves scoring three runs in the first on Matt Diaz’s bases-loaded double. “I have to be better next time.’’
Recently, Sabathia has experienced rocky first innings.
“It’s something I have to figure out,’’ said Sabathia, who gave up three hits in the first and seven in the opening four frames but pitched out of trouble in the second, third and fourth. “Every game, I’m putting us in a hole.’’
Thanks to Alex Rodriguez’s grand slam and Nick Swisher’s two-run shot in the eighth inning, Sabathia went from loser to winner. In seven innings he gave up four runs and a season-high 10 hits as he improved to 8-3.
“Bend but don’t break,’’ Sabathia said of his outing. “You limit the damage and try to get the team a win, but it’s frustrating when you have good stuff and can’t dominate a game. I’ve been grinding all year. There hasn’t been a stretch where it has been easy.’’Follow @NYPostsports