You might have noticed that I didn't bother writing a recap for either of yesterday's games. That's mostly because I thought Stacey's visual recap spoke louder than any of my written words could, and a little bit because I just didn't feel like it. I'll write one today because they won though, and I don't feel the slightest bit bad about it. The story of this afternoon's game was Masahiro Tanaka. He was top notch in his last start against earlier in the week and he repeated that level of excellence today against the Jays. Tanaka worked around hits in each of the first 3 innings, then sat the Toronto lineup in order from the 4th through the 6th. Toronto finally got another hit on a Chris Colabello double in the 7th, but Tanaka snuffed that out before it could become anything. He got a lot of ground ball outs, he struck out 7 and he didn't walk anybody. It was another ace-caliber performance from the no-doubt ace of the staff.
He got half his offensive support early by the piece-it-together method and the other half by the long ball. The Yanks got to R.A. Dickey for a pair in the bottom of the 2nd by loading the bases on a walk, single, walk, and plating 2 runs with sac flies by Dustin Ackley and Did Gregorius, and created a run-scoring chance with 2 outs in the 4th on a Chase Headley base hit. That brought Ackley back up and he laced a 1-1 pitch into the right field seats for his first Yankee home run and a 4-0 lead.
That was plenty for Dellin Betances and a pair of Quad-A arms. Betances struck out the side in a perfect 8th inning and the immortal tag team of James Pazos and Caleb Cotham got the final 3 outs in the 9th.
- The Yanks picked up an insurance run in the 8th on an Alex Rodriguez RBI double. It was his second hit of the day after taking a golden sombrero and some undeserved boos on Friday night.
- 2 hits and 3 ribbies for Ackley. Nice day for him getting the start for Greg Bird at first.
- Jacoby Ellsbury went 0-4 with a K to drop down to .257/.314/.348 on the year. He's 5-44 in September.
- Betances' first perfect inning since August 19th. Perfect time for one.
- Tanaka 15 IP, 1 ER, 0 BB, 17 K in his last 2 starts.