Game 15. Tanaka & 4 Yankees’ HRs = win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks improved to 10-5 tonight with a 9-1 win.

They hit 4 HR, but to me, the most important thing tonight was that Masahiro Tanaka got back to being Masahiro Tanaka. Meaning, an ace.

He had struggled in his first three starts this year. As a result, the ERA is still bloated. But the Tanaka tonight is the Tanaka we have come to expect and need. Ace-like.

The Yanks got 2 in the first on a 2-run HR by Chase Headley (3).

In the second, Aaron Judge singled and was doubled to third by Greg Bird. Austin Romine singled in one run and an Rbi groundout by Ronald Torreyes made it 4-0.

After the White Sox scored a run in the fourth, the Yanks salted the game away in the fifth.

With two out and two on, Starlin Castro got the green light on a 3-0 pitch and hit a three-run HR (3) to make it 7-0.  Then Aaron Judge made it back-to-back HRs with a moonshot (5) to make it 8-0. Remember that Judge was robbed of a HR by a bad umpire’s call on fan interference a couple of days ago.

Aaron Hicks, so awful last year, hit a PH HR (4) in the eighth for the final score of 9-1.

Meanwhile, Tanaka was back to being Tanaka.

Tanaka (w, 2-1, 6.00) 7 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 2 walks, 6 K.
Mitchell 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 1.59.
Layne 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 k. 2.25.

The Yanks are off Thursday and have a weekend series in Pittsburgh.

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