Game 16 Quick Recap: NYY 2 DET 1

Tanaka vs DET Getaway Thursday game suck.  Normally I have a hard enough time following games that I'm not watching and trying to write a competent recap based on that.  When the game is happening while I'm at work, forget about it.  The stadium could have been swallowed into a sinkhole in the 3rd inning and I wouldn't have known about it until about an hour ago.  From what I gather, Masahiro Tanaka was pretty damn good again today, and some timely late runs helped secure a pretty impressive road series victory for the Bronx Bombers.

It wasn't an especially hot start for Tanaka either.  He gave up a double to lead off the game, walked Miguel Cabrera, and let the double come around to score a quick run on a Victor Martinez sac fly.  After that he was cash money.  Tanaka retired 8 in a row into the 4th before giving up a double to J.D. Martinez, and then another 8 in a row before Martinez got him again in the 7th.  Against the rest of the Detroit lineup, Tanaka was tough.  He was throwing his fastball for strikes, mixing in all kinds of offspeed stuff, and he could dial up killer splitters when he needed them for swings and misses.  He worked into the 7th and never gave up another run after the one in the 1st.

The Yankee offense didn't do much against Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez.  The one run they did score against him was almost all Jacoby Ellsbury's doing.  He walked to start the inning, stole second, moved to third on an out, and scored on a balk to tie the game at 1.  An Ellsbury double started the go-ahead rally in the 8th and the smallball train brought him home.  Brett Gardner sac bunt, Brian McCann ribbie groundout. 2-1 Yankees.

And they didn't look back after that.  Joe leaned on his bullpen aces again, and Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller didn't disappoint.  They combined for 7 outs. no baserunners, and 4 strikeouts.

Game Notes:

- Ellsbury was the man in the lineup today.  1-2 with the double, 2 walks, and both runs scored.  He's been an OBP machine so far.

- Equally bad day for Chase Headley, who took the silver sombrero (0-3, 3 K) with a BB.  Carlos Beltran did the same thing.

- Betances is now tied for the American League lead in wins with 3.  Miller leads the AL in saves with 6.

- I'd like to say it's hard to not love what Tanaka has shown us over the last 2 starts, but I really don't know enough about how he looked today to say that with 100% confidence.  I'll let those of you in the comment section who did watch fill me in.