Cron had just been recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake Monday morning, to be inserted into the lineup as a right-handed power bat against the big New York left-hander. In the seventh inning, he made good on that choice.
"I think he did a good job," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He got into a hitting count a couple of times tonight -- he definitely did in the seventh inning and didn't miss it. That's what C.J. showed us last year -- he can drive the ball, drive it to all parts of the park, and he got one tonight."
In his 110 at-bats preceding the seventh inning Monday -- which had come sporadically in a season split between the Minors and the big leagues -- Cron had homered once. His latest stints at Triple-A were to give him the chance to get consistent at-bats to get back in a groove.
"I wasn't playing much toward the end, so it was good to go down there and get some at-bats," Cron said, adding that he feels better at the plate now. "That's the result of almost two weeks worth of straight ABs. So I feel comfortable and hopefully can continue it."
Cron said that continuing to contribute from a power standpoint just depends on him taking a better approach to his at-bats, like he did against Sabathia on his long home run.
"He got behind 3-0 so I was taking a pitch -- I was leading off the inning trying to get on base, trying to start something," Cron said. "The 3-1 pitch was middle-in, little up, so put a good swing on it thankfully.
"I just need to put a good swing on the ball, really. I'm a big guy, so that stuff kind of just happens."
David Adler is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.