Losing 10-4 is never a pleasant experience. On this evening, however, it was especially frustrating to watch Masahiro Tanaka get lit up once again. The Orioles’ offense mashed against the right hander all night long in order to take the rubber game of this three game set in Baltimore.
We can finally put to bed the silly notion that Austin Romine is the panacea for Tanaka’s woes, right? Tanaka's apparent personal catcher was of no help tonight (and that's not to discredit Romine). And remember, Tanaka was just fine with Gary Sanchez behind the dish last season. The final line for Tanaka: 5.2 innings, 9 hits, 7 runs, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts. Not good.
The Yankees’ offense didn't show any life until they were already in a 7-1 hole, and with an order featuring Headley-Torreyes-Romine-Refsnyder from 6-9, climbing such a deficit is virtually impossible. In the end, the Yankees scattered 11 hits, with Headley the lone batter to go hitless. Despite a bunch of knocks, the team stranded 11 baserunners while going 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Indeed, it's hard to win games when you surrender 10 runs, but it's also hard to win games when you fail to capitalize on that many chances. All around, this was not a fine showing.
Tonight's loss puts a final touch on the Yankees 15-12 May, a solid mark moving them to 30-20. The Bombers are now off to Toronto to face the surging Blue Jays, opening a three game set tomorrow night.