The Yankees were bound to lose a game in this series at some point. Figured it would be last night as the follow-up to the mauling they put on the Rangers on Tuesday. Masahiro Tanaka wasn't especially sharp in his start, and the offense never got going against Colby Lewis despite some early runs. Oh well. Series victory still intact heading into tonight's series finale.
It looked like it was shaping up to be a productive night against Lewis in the top of the 2nd. Carlos Beltran smacked a solo home run to start the inning, and a pair of singles by the middle infield combo put runners on the corners with 2 outs. Jacoby Ellsbury came up and lined a ribbie single up the middle to make it 2-0, and the Yankees were off and running.
Or not. Lewis retired the side in order in the 3rd, got a strike 'em out/throw 'em out double play to end the 4th, and Brett Gardner hit into another double play to end the 5th. Lewis got through 6 and the Texas bullpen held the Yankees to 1 hit over the final 3 innings.
Tanaka was off again and it showed early. He gave back the 2-run lead he was given in the bottom half of the 2nd on 4 singles and a walk, and the inning was defined by his complete inability to locate his splitter. He was able to work around multiple baserunners in the 3rd and 4th innings, but gave up a run in the 5th on a GIDP after the first 2 hitters of the inning singled. He wasn't efficient, he had spotty command, and he was very hittable in the strike zone. But hey, at least nobody took him yard.
The final Texas run came in the 7th on a 1-out walk, a fielding error by Didi Gregorius, and a Josh Hamilton 2-out single. That hit came off Caleb Cotham, the latest Triple-A arm to make his debut this season. He came on in relief of Chasen Shreve in the 7th and got the final 5 outs for the Yankees.
- 6 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K. Be honest, doesn't that look more like a CC Sabathia stat line than a Masahiro Tanaka one?
- Stephen Drew was the only guy in the lineup with multiple hits last night. Go figure. Don't look now, but he's got his batting average up to .192!
- 1.2 innings, 2 hits, 4 Ks for Cotham. Not a bad debut at all. Threw strikes, showed some juice on the fastball, and got swings and misses on his slider. He had been killing it working in relief at SWB before getting the call, for what it's worth.