BOSTON -- As bad as CC Sabathia was on the mound Sunday, he beat himself up just as much after the New York Yankees' 8-7 extra-inning loss to the Boston Red Sox. The scariest part is that Sabathia said he felt better than he had in the first half of the season.
The result was five innings of seven-run, nine-hit ball, which included two homers, one from Mike Napoli that might still be going.
Sabathia, who got a no-decision, is 9-8 with a 4.37 ERA. Here are the best of CC's outtakes as he gave himself an F.
On how he felt on the mound: "I felt a lot better today."
On the Yankees scoring seven runs and not being able to win: "It is unacceptable."
What needs to be fixed? "I [stink]," Sabathia said. "I wish I had an excuse of something, but I'm not very good."
Are you baffled? "It [stinks]," Sabathia said. "It is embarrassing. You have to try to work through it. Figure something out and work through it."
Physically, how do you feel: "I'm fine."
As for Yankees manager Joe Girardi, he watched the man who is supposed to be his ace give up his 23rd homer of the season, which is more than his previous career most, 22, that occurred in 2012. It was the first time Sabathia has allowed seven runs or more in a five-inning outing as a Yankee. He did it in 2008 with the Cleveland Indians.
"It is kind of strange," Girardi said. "He has been so good for so long, to see him struggle a little bit is kind of strange. It is something we are not used to seeing."
Against the Red Sox, Sabathia struggles. Since the beginning of 2011, he has allowed six earned runs or more seven times. Five of those bad outings have been against the Red Sox.
"I could see it from 150 feet," Girardi said. "It is a shame."
Girardi came out to argue.
"He thought he was out," Girardi said. "He didn't say nothing really."
When it was noted by a reporter that Everitt was the same umpire who ran Brett Gardner for slamming his helmet Friday night, the manager seemed less than thrilled.
NOT ENOUGH HOMERS: The Yankees didn't homer all weekend. They have done that at the Fens since 1995.
"We are not hitting a lot of home runs right now," Girardi said. "Some of our guys that we expect to hit some of the home runs are struggling a little bit. We haven't hit as many. When you get seven runs, you expect to win. That's the bottom line. Last year, everyone thought we hit too many home runs so now we are not hitting enough."
For the record, no one actually said they hit too many homers in 2012. There were some that thought the offense lacked diversity in how it scored.
HAFNER MIGHT BE GONE SOON: Travis Hafner has hit less than .180 the past three months and he doesn't play the field. He was pinch-hit for with Brent Lillibridge. Hafner might not make it through the season as a Yankee.
SMALL VILLAGE: Hafner (0-for-3) and Lyle Overbay (0-for-6) left a dozen men on base combined.
"To leave a small village like that, it is frustrating," Overbay said.