The Yanks beat St. Louis 4-3 for their fifth win in a row to go to 6-4 on the season. There were a couple of scares on the way.
The Cards got a 2-run HR by Matt Carpenter in the first and you wondered what was wrong with Tanaka. He got the win tonight but he still is not vintage Tanaka.
Starlin Castro tied it in the bottom of the first with a 2-run HR of his own (2).
The next inning, Austin Romine HR’d (1) to make it 3-2.
A double by Chase Headley, combined with an error, made it 4-2 Yanks in the fifth.
In the seventh, I felt that Girardi pulled Tanaka one batter too late, after he gave up a double that made it 4-3, runners on 2nd and 3rd, one out. In came Tyler Clippard.
He got a shallow Fly to CF that was too short for the runner to score. The next batter hit a deep drive to RF that I was scared was a 3-run HR but Aaron Judge ran it down on the warning track.
In the 9th, Aroldis Chapman, with 2 outs, gave up a walk and double. Fortunately, with the double (that was hit one strike away from ending the game), the runner on first had to be held at third. He then got the last out with the tying run on third, the go-ahead run on second.
I don’t know if there will be a minor league report since I have to get to bed and I work tomorrow.
Castro 2 for 4, HR, 2 RBI.
Ellsbury 2 H. Romine 2 Hits, HR. Chase Headley 2 H.
Tanaka 6 1/3 IP (W, 1-1, 8,36) 3 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 5 K. Gave UP 1 HR.
Clippard (H, 3) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 1.80
Betances (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walks, 3 K. 2.08
Chapman (S, 3) 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 1 Walks, 1 K. 0.00