In scratching back into the playoff chase during the last week, the Yankees put most of the burden on the young and talented players now populating their roster. Despite having no shortage of veterans carrying large profiles and larger salaries, it was youth that often carried the day.
But on Sunday, it was C. C. Sabathia, 36 and in his 16th major league season, who performed the dutiful work for the Yankees. He pitched six and two-thirds innings against the Baltimore Orioles, subduing for most of the game the fourth-highest scoring offense in the American League.
Still, it was in vain. The Yankees lost, 5-0, to the Orioles, falling short of a three-game sweep and giving a game back to the team that now leads them by three and a half games for the final postseason wild-card spot.
The loss added a sour coda to what had otherwise been a sterling weekend. The Yankees had come home for three games between six-game road trips, and on Friday and Saturday they thrashed Baltimore’s faltering pitching, thanks in part to the rookie catcher Gary Sanchez, who again homered in consecutive games.
But on Sunday, the Yankees were the ones with little offensive zest, as their four-game winning streak was snapped. Kevin Gausman thwarted them for seven shutout innings, striking out nine, while giving up seven hits and dancing around trouble.
He kept Sanchez relatively quiet, too. Sanchez went without a home run for the first time…