After last night’s 18-inning marathon, Masahiro Tanaka gave the Yanks what they needed, besides a win. Length. Save the bullpen that was fried last night.
To get an extra arm in the bullpen, the Yanks sent Rob Refsnyder down and called up Chad Green.
Tanaka gave 7 innings, and even though he gave up 4 runs (3 earned) he went 7, got the win. Mission accomplished.
The 10-4 win over the Reds is the Yanks’ sixth win in a row and puts their record at 21-9.
The Yanks got three in the first when Gardner reached on an error, Hicks singled, and after an out, Ellsbury walked. Sanchez singled in two and Didi singled in another.
Tanaka gave a run right back, but in the second, Torreyes (how great has he been) singled, Tanaka bunted him over and after another out, Hicks singled to make it 4-1.
In the fifth, with one out, Holliday, Ellsbury and Sanchez singled to load the bases and Didi got a SF. 5-1.
Cincinnati got a run in the bottom of the fifth, and here is where I need to bring up a point about Chase Headley. His error led to a run, and he has 7 errors in 30 games so far. That is way too many.
The Yanks got two in the seventh to make it 7-2. Headley was HBP with the bases loaded as the Yanks were HBP 3x in the inning. Torreyes singled in a run after that.
Tanaka gave up a two-run HR to Joey Votto in the bottom of the seventh that cut the Yanks’ lead to 7-4.
But in the eighth, the Yanks put the game away on a 2-run HR by Gardner (6) and a solo shot by Holliday (6).
Gardner 2 RBI, HR
Hicks 2 hits, rbi. .342.
Holliday 2 hits, rbi, HR.
Sanchez 3 for 3, 2 RBI. Good to see the Kraken waking up.
Gregorius 2 rbi.
Torreyes 2 hits, rbi. .316
Tanaka (w, 5-1, 4.36) 7 IP, 4 R, 3 earned, 1 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Clippard 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W 0 K. 1.26
Layne 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K, 8.22