There’s a big nit to pick from today’s game if you want to pick it. But in all honesty, if you’re not tickled pink by the outcome of today’s game and smiling from ear to ear at where the Yankees stand right now, you’re the wrong kind of Yankee fan.
Might as well get the nitpick out of the way right up front. Masahiro Tanaka gave up 3 home runs today. All 3 were solo and they were the only runs the Orioles scored all game, but that is 5 homers allowed for Tanak in his last 2 starts and 11 in his last 6. There have been a lot more hangers from him this season and hitters have been teeing off on them lately.
When he wasn’t throwing those bad pitches, Tanaka was a beast. The Orioles only managed 2 more hits off him in 7.2 innings, he didn’t walk a batter, and he struck out 7. His stuff and command seemed to get better and sharper as the game went on, and he was up in pitch count when he gave up 2 of the homers in the 8th inning, so fatigue could have been a factor. For the most part, Tanaka was his usual dominant self.
And Ubaldo Jimenez was his typical terrible self against the Yankees. He loaded the bases in the 1st on an Ellsbury leadoff single and 2 walks, and after getting 2 outs he couldn’t escape the clutches of Chase Headley, who smacked a bases-clearing double to center for a 3-run lead. Didi Gregorius followed up with a base knock of his own and the Yanks went up 4-0.
It didn’t stop there. They made it 5-0 on a home run by Jacoby Ellsbury to lead off the 2nd inning, and 7-0 on a pair of singles and a Stephen Drew 2-run double to end Ubaldo’s day before he got out of the 3rd. That was all they would need, but that didn’t stop Ellsbury from knocking in 2 more in the 5th with a defense-aided double.
It was cruise control to the end for the bottom of the bullpen. Always good to see that Chris Capuano and Branden Pinder are alive and well out there. The Yankees sweep the series, go up 7 games in the loss column in the AL East heading into tonight, and cut their magic number down to 62. Continue reading Game 94 Recap: Yankees 9 Orioles 3