Back in the early 1960s, there was a play and movie called Bye, Bye, Birdie. The Yanks could be thinking of that as they swept the series from Baltimore with a 9-3 win Thursday afternoon.
Tanaka reminds me of Catfish Hunter. Give up the long ball, but make sure they are solo HR and won’t beat you.
The Yanks jumped ahead early, loading the bases in the first with no one out, but after two outs and no runs in, you wondered if they would waste an opportunity.
Nope. Chase Headley cleared the bases with a double, went to third on the play at the plate, and Didi Gregorius singled in Headley to make it 4-0.
Tanaka gave up the first of the three solo HR he gave up in the second. 4-1.
Jacoby Ellsbury, who had 3 hits today (missing the cycle by a triple) and 4 RBI, hit HR #3 of the season in the second to make it 5-1.
In the third, the Yanks made it 7-1 on an RBI double by Drew and SF by Ellsbury.
Ellsbury drove in two in the fifth to make it 9-1.
Tanaka gave up two solo dingers in the eighth before being pulled.
The win kept the Yanks 5 1/2 in front. They are now 53-41 on the season.
Besides Ellsbury’s big day (3 h, 4 rbi), Chase Headley had 2 h, 3 rbi, and 3 hits each for John Ryan Murphy and Didi Gregorius.
Tanaka (W, 7-3, 3.64) 7 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 7 K.
Capuano 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K, 4.60.
Pinder 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 Walks, 0 K. 2.45.