Last night’s matchup between CC Sabathia and David Price was billed as a must-see duel, and with good reason. The two lefties are both in the upper echelon of Major League pitchers, and expectations for a sequel to Nova v. Cobb were warranted. It took a half-hour rain delay to finally get going, and once it did, neither ace delivered on the promise of the pregame.
Each of them breezed through the first three batters of the opposing lineups, but in the second, each got tagged for a run. Sabathia started his half of the frame by allowing a B.J. Upton single. He followed that by inducing a Sean Rodriguez comebacker and one of those standard-issue Carlos Pena strikeouts, but couldn’t prevent Jose Lobaton from singling home the leadoff runner.
He got picked up shortly after. Nick Swisher led off with a single, and after Price walked Andruw Jones and threw a wild pitch to get Swisher up to third, Chris Stewart’s grounder to second was enough to tie the game.
The Rays took that run right b...