The Yanks got 2 RBI each from the #8 and 9 hitters in their lineup tonight to beat Toronto 4-2 to go to 2-0 on the season.
In the second, Didi led off with a triple but was thrown out at the plate on a ground out by Gary Sanchez. Bad base running move.
But with two out, Billy McKinney singled in his first MLB at bat, and Brandon Drury doubled home Sanchez for a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the second, Masahiro Tanaka made his only mistake, giving up a HR to tie the game.
Tanaka, if he throws a fastball, has to make sure it isn’t a strike. It has to be a “show you the fastball” pitch that is off the plate. His fastball is what is being hammered for HRs. He has to show it, make sure it’s off the plate, because he can’t blow it past people. He has to rely on his splitter and breaking pitches.
Which is what he did after the HR. He adjusted.
In the fourth, Didi doubled, and after an out, Walker walked. With two out, Drury singled to make it 2-1 Yanks.
In the sixth, Didi walked. With one out, Walker singled, and with two out, Drury walked to load the bases. Wade doubled in two for the deciding hit of the ballgame.
In the ninth, with two outs, Aroldis Chapman gave up back-to-back doubles for a run before recording the final out.
Didi 2 for 3, double & triple. Walk. Scored 2 runs.
Drury 2 hits, 2 RBI and a walk. Double.
Wade 2 RBI. Double.
Tanaka (Win) 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 8 K.
Kahnle (H) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Robertson (H) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Chapman (S) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K.
12 K for the Yanks’ pitchers today, and I believe 12 on Opening Day. 3 runs given up in 18 innings.
For opening day at the Stadium, Mickey Rivers and Bucky Dent will be throwing out the first ball to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 1978 WS Champs. Surprised Guidry cannot do it.
Also, can the Yanks please honor Graig Nettles with a plaque in Monument Park? Without his D in Game 3 of that 1978 WS, the Yanks don’t win that title.