The good starting pitching vibes kept on vibing this afternoon as the Yankees won their fourth straight game and third straight in this Oakland series, inching ever closer back to the .500 line in the process. They'll go for the sweep tomorrow.
Masahiro Tanaka was the pitching star of the day today, giving up a single run in 7 innings. He wasn't overwhelming, but he was much better than he had been in his previous 2 outings. He was efficient, he got supported by his defense, and he made his best pitches when he really needed to get guys out with runners on to stymie rallies in the 4th and 5th innings.
It took the offense a little while to get going against Oakland starter Sean Manaea, but when they did they made it count. They got to him for 4 runs in the top of the 4th on 2 walks, 2 singles, a sac fly, and a 2-run double off the bat of Rob Refsnyder. That came on the 10th pitch of the at-bat and it was the pivotal moment in the game.
The Yanks tacked one on in the 7th on a Starlin Castro RBI double, and Nick Goody handled the final 2 innings without delay. A chance for a sweep and the bullpen horses will be well-rested. Hopefully Michael Pineda can get through the first few innings.
- 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K for Tanaka on 92 pitches, and he got a bunch of GB outs. He was good on extra rest as he usually is, and he'll have it again the next time he starts after the off-day on Monday.
- 3-hit day for Starlin, who had been struggling a bit. The first 2 were bloops, but the ribbie double was a solid line drive down the left field line. It would be nice to see him get back to raking as A-Rod comes off the DL to balance out the lineup.
- Another 2-hit game for Beltran, who scored a run and drove in a run in the 4th.
- Did you know Nick Goody has a 1.64 ERA in 11.0 IP? It's true. Struck out 12 and only walked 1 too. He hasn't really been asked to handle anything super important, but he's been solid.