Last night, Masahiro Tanaka lost his first regular season decision since 2012. It’s not necessarily surprising that Tanaka lost a game because I don’t think anyone was actually expecting him to be undefeated this entire season. But what is a little surprising is which team was the one to “breakthrough” against Tanaka and hand him his first loss: The Chicago Cubs.
Here’s where all of the Cubs’ hits landed:
He set the Cubs down in order until Luis Valbuena connected on a first pitch fastball in the second inning:
The batter before him, Starlin Castro, actually hit a sharp liner to Jeter (also on a fastball):
But nothing came out of it because Tanaka retired the next two batters, Nate Schierholtz and Mike Olt to end the inning.
The third inning when the Cubs were able to score on Tanaka and it all started when catcher John Baker, who entered last night’s game batting .063, hit a first pitch fastball for a single:
It was similar to the ball Valbuena hit for a double in the previous inning.…