He shut the Astros down for four innings to earn a hold in Boston's 10-3 win in Game 3, their only victory of the series.
As they popped champagne bottles in the locker room, the background music was Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York", the song that plays in Yankee Stadium after every game.
Stanton, New York's big acquisition last offseason, was 4 for 18 (.222) with no RBIs. Holt smacked the first offering he saw from Austin Romine for a line drive two-run home run to right field. There was occasional barking about his decisions, and Benintendi argued after he was called out on a breaking ball with the bases loaded for the final out of the eighth, a pitch that may have been outside. He pitched 6.1 innings of two-run ball against Houston on Sep.
Porcello needed only 25 pitches to get through New York's lineup the first time and entered the fifth inning with only 40 pitches.
For the first eight innings, the Yankee bats looked lifeless, managing just four hits and one run on a Brett Gardner sac-fly.
Despite his criticism, Sabathia did make it clear that he didn't think Hernandez was the difference in Tuesday's game, according to ESPN's Coley Harvey. "Pitching is one of those".
There's no crying in baseball - unless Angel Hernandez is behind the plate. He was awful at first base [in Monday's game].