Tag Archives: Tanaka

ALCS Game 5. Yanks solve Keuchel, are one win away from 41st AL pennant.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Dallas Keuchel owned the Yankees.

Until Wednesday, that is.

The Yanks solved him, and won Game 5 of the ALCS, 5-0. With the win, the Yanks have won every postseason game at home so far, and as a result, have gone up 3 games to 2 in the ALCS.

If they can win either Game 6 or 7 in Houston, they will be headed to the World Series for the 41st time.

Game 6 will be Friday night in Houston, Severino vs. Verlander, and right now, Houston is not hitting….     9 runs in 5 games vs. the Yankees, with 2 unearned.

If Masahiro Tanaka is wanting to opt out of his contract, he is making a statement with his postseason performances. After a very up-and-down regular season, he has been incredible this postseason. A 1-0 win, 2-1 loss, and a 5-0 win.

In the second inning, Houston got a leadoff double, moved the runner to third with one out, but with the Yankees’ infield in (because they wouldn’t know how they could or would get to Keuchel, their nemesis), ex-Yankee Carlos Beltran grounded out and Tanaka got out of it, yielding no runs.

In the bottom of the second, with two out, Castro doubled and Bird singled. 1-0 Yankees.

The big thing and difference in the Yankees this postseason as opposed to the regular season is that we are seeing what Greg Bird can do when he is healthy, and it is coming at the right time. A big difference between him now, and him at the beginning of the year when he wasn’t himself, and Chris Carter.

In the third, Headley singled, Gardner forced him, and Judge doubled Gardner home. 2-0.

To the fifth, and Houston had men on 1st and 2nd, one out, and Tanaka got out of it.

In the bottom of the fifth, with one out, Headley (who had 3 hits) singled, and after Gardner grounded out, Judge walked. Sanchez singled to make it 3-0, and Didi singled to make it 4-0.

In the bottom of the seventh, Sanchez homered to make it 5-0, the final score.

The Yankees’ bullpen is all set up. Tanaka for 7, Kahnle for 2 today. Off day tomorrow. A rested bullpen for Games 6 and possibly 7 in Houston.

Sanchez 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI.
Gregorius 2 hits, RBI.
Headley 3 hits.

Tanaka (WIN) 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 8 K.
Kahnle 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.

In the NLCS, the Cubs avoided a sweep by the Dodgers by winning Game 4, 3-2.

In the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale won 9-5. Yankees’ prospect 2B Kyle Holder went 2 for 4. Prospect Cody Carroll pitched a scoreless inning of relief, giving up a hit and a walk but striking out the side.

 

Advertisements

ALCS Game 1: Keuchel Curse Continues as Yanks lose, 2-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Deja Vu all over again.

In the 2015 WC game, Masahiro Tanaka pitched well, only to lose to Dallas Keuchel and the Astros, 3-0.

In Game 1 of the ALCS last night, Tanaka again pitched well, and once again the Yankees couldn’t figure out Keuchel, and this time they lost 2-1. Keuchel and his relievers struck out 14 Yankees.

Keuchel has owned the Yankees the past few years. In order to advance to the World Series the Yanks have to either find a way to beat him, or just beat all of the other Astros’ pitchers.

The Astros scored two runs in the second when MVP candidate Jose Altuve (he’ll win the award if Judge doesn’t, and he had 3 hits on the night, half of Houston’s total) singled with one out and stole second. Carlos Correa singled in Altuve, moved up on a groundout, and scored on a single by Yuri Gurriel. Half of the Astros six hits came in this inning.

In the fifth, Greg Bird, who had two of the Yanks’ five hits, singled. Matt Holliday reached on an error, moving Bird up, but two outs later, the runners hadn’t advanced. Aaron Judge singled but Bird was thrown out at the plate. That proved to be the difference in the ball game.

Much has been made since, and will continue to be made, of Bird’s lead, not-so-good turn at third, and lack of foot speed. You may also wonder if that ankle injury that required surgery had anything to do with anything. Maybe that slowed him down even more or forced a turn that wasn’t too good. The short LF in Houston also helped the OF, who made a perfect throw. Anyway, Bird was nipped at the plate, and it was confirmed upon review.

Bird homered with two out in the ninth for the Yankees’ only run.

Tanaka (Loss) 6 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Green 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H,  0 W, 2 K.

Severino vs. Verlander in Game 2 today.

In the Arizona Fall League, Yankees’ OF prospect Estevan Florial was 1 for 4 with an RBI in Scottsdale’s 6-4 loss.

 

ALDS Game 3. Yanks survive 1-0 behind Tanaka gem, Bird HR and Judge catch.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

By the skin of their teeth, the Yankees survive to play another game. They won Game 3 of the ALDS 1-0 Sunday night to avoid being eliminated by Cleveland. Cleveland still leads the best-of-five series two games to one.

Masahiro Tanaka was brilliant, pitching seven shutout innings. He got two strikeouts after a one-out Kipnis triple in the fourth to get out of trouble.

In the sixth, Aaron Judge robbed Francisco Lindor of a 2-run HR. It appeared that had Judge not stretched out his 6’7″  frame to make the catch that the ball would have cleared the fence or hit the top and bounced over for a 2-run HR.

The Yanks blew a chance in the sixth. Hicks singled but Gardner GIDP (why wasn’t Gardner bunting there?) Judge walked, Sanchez singled and Didi walked, but Castro popped up.

In the bottom of the seventh, Greg Bird accounted for the only run of the game with a HR.

David Robertson got the first out in the eighth, but Aroldis Chapman had to come on for a five-out save, stranding two in the ninth.

Game Four is scheduled for 6:30 today with Luis Severino starting for the Yanks. There is a chance of rain.

Tanaka (Winner) 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 7 K.
Robertson (Hold) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Chapman (Save) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K.

Chapman had to apologize to Girardi before the game because of a social media faux pas he had made after Game 2, criticizing the manager. Girardi was booed when introduced pre-game because of what happened in Game 2 with his not challenging a call that turned that game around.

In the other ALDS, Boston also stayed alive and forced a Game 4 vs. Houston.

Game 160. Tanaka dominant in Yanks’ 4-0 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

You are thinking the same thing I am.

Where was THIS Tanaka all year?

In his final regular season start of what has been a disappointing, inconsistent year, Masahiro Tanaka was dominant. Seven shutout innings, just 3 hits, no walks, and 15 strikeouts.

He retired the first 14 batters he faced.

Meanwhile, the resurgent Greg Bird had 2 hits and 2 RBI.

The 90-70 Yanks beat Tampa Bay 4-0 and for the time being (Boston is playing as I write this) still are not eliminated from winning the AL East (although Boston’s magic # to win is 1).

UPDATE: Boston lost, so the Yanks are still mathematically alive for the AL East title, going into Game 161. They are two back with two to go. If a tie, a playoff game will be on Monday (Game 163) at Yankee Stadium. To win the division, the Yanks must win out and Boston must lose out.

In the first inning, the Yanks scored twice. With one out, Ellsbury singled and Judge walked. Didi singled to load the bases. Castro singled in a run and Bird hit a SF for another.

In the fifth, Romine singled and after Hicks forced him at second, Hicks stole second. After Ellsbury lined out, Judge singled in Hicks but was nabbed trying for two.

In the sixth, Didi singled, stole second and scored on a single by Bird.

Tanaka (W, 13-12, 4.74) 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 15 K.
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.87
Betances 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2.87    Concerning.
Chapman (S, 21) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.28

Didi 2 hits
Bird 2 hits, 2 RBI.

The Phillies announced that their manager, Pete Mackanin, will be bumped up to the front office. They’re looking for a new manager.

They will also be playing the Mets in Williamsport, PA next August as baseball continues the “Little League Classic” they had this year.

Finally, the WS MVP Award has been named in honor of Willie Mays.

Game 157. Yanks clinch home wild card game with a 6-1 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks beat the Rays tonight, 6-1, and in so doing ensured that the wild card play-in game will be played in Yankee Stadium.

They did pick up a game on Boston, and are still alive for the division crown, but are 3 back with five games to go. The Yanks won the season series against the Red Sox, so a tie goes to the Yankees.

With their 88th win, the Yanks have won more games than any Yankees team since 2012. You have to go back to 2012, when the Yanks last won the AL East, to find a team with more wins.

That 2012 team won the ALDS over Baltimore, thanks to Raul Ibanez’ heroics, but were swept in the ALCS by the Tigers. That ALCS is best remembered for Derek Jeter breaking his ankle in Game 1.

As for tonight, Jordan Montgomery pitched six strong innings to get the win, 6-1 over the Rays. He got help in the first inning from Aaron Hicks, who just came off of the DL. Hicks robbed Wilson Ramos of a grand slam HR. Instead it was a SF, and after that, Montgomery settled in.

Hicks drew 3 walks tonight and stole a base.

In the second, the Yanks struck for four runs. Starlin Castro hit his 15th HR leading off the inning. Singles by Todd and Clint Frazier, and then another by Ronald Torreyes, loaded the bases. Back to Back walks to Hicks and Judge forced in two runs. After a DP, Judge stole second, and a WP brought Hicks home.

In the eighth, with one out, Torreyes walked (a rarity). A WP moved him to second and after another out, Judge walked. Sanchez singled in one run, Holliday another. 6-1.

Hicks 3 walks and robbed a guy of a grand slam (wound up a SF)
Castro 3 for 3, HR.
Torreyes 2 hits.

Montgomery (W, 9-7, 3.96) 6 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 W, 5 K.
Kahnle (H, 15) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.44
Robertson (H, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.90
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.91

Ok, a question for you. Who would you want as the #4 starter in the postseason rotation after Severino, Gray and CC?

Tanaka? or Montgomery?

I say Montgomery. But I don’t think the Yanks will have the guts to do the right thing, and go with the rookie who has pitched better than Tanaka all season long.

I think they’ll go with the experience and with Tanaka.

But I hope I am wrong, and that do indeed they go with the guy whose ERA is one full run lower, and that’s Montgomery.

 

 

Game 153. Yanks lose, but magic # to make the playoffs still reduced to 1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Masahiro Tanaka was the bad Tanaka tonight, giving up 3 HR, including a grand slam, in the Yanks’ 8-1 loss to Toronto tonight.

Despite the loss, the Yanks’ magic # for making it into the postseason was reduced to one because both the Angels and Rangers lost.

The magic # for hosting the wild card game remains at four over the Twins.

In the top of the first, Aaron Judge hit a 469 ft. HR, #46 of the season, to put the Yanks up 1-0. Judge also had a double and two walks in the game, but outside of Judge, the Yanks only got one more hit.

Todd Frazier got embarrassed on the hidden ball trick.

I can’t see how Tanaka would opt out of his contract after this year. This year hasn’t been good. How and where would he find something better?

Tanaka (L, 12-12, 4.94) 5 2/3 IP, 8 R, 7 ER, 6 H, 3 W, 6 K. Gave up 3 HR, inc. Grand Slam.
Kahnle 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.52
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.49
Gallegos 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 5.71.

Game 146. Yanks Blast O’s, 13-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks hit three three-run HRs, two by Aaron Judge and one by Todd Frazier, to blast Baltimore tonight, 13-5. Gary Sanchez added a solo blast.

With the 2 HR tonight, 11 of Judge’s 43 HR this year have been hit against the Orioles.

The win enables the 80-66 Yanks to stay 3 back of Boston in the AL East with 16 to go. They remain 3 up on the Twins for the top wild card spot and are up 5 1/2 over the Angels for a playoff spot. The Angels are playing as I write this.

The Yanks got six in the first. Ellsbury and Judge singled and Sanchez doubled a run home. Holliday an RBI groundout. Headley RBI single, 3–0. Gregorius single, and Todd Frazier 3-run HR (25) 6-0 Yankees.

Tanaka gave up a HR in the top of the fourth but Judge hit a 3-run HR (42) in the bottom of the fourth.

Top of the sixth, Tanaka gives up another dinger, 9-2.

Bottom of the sixth. Yankees put it to 13-2 on back-to-back HR by Judge (3-run HR, #43) and Sanchez (31).

Baltimore got two garbage runs in the eighth and another in the ninth, 13-5.

Judge 3 hits, 2 HR, 6 RBI.
Sanchez 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI.
Todd Frazier 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI
Clint Frazier 2 hits.

Tanaka (W, 12-11, 4.73) 7 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 2 W, 8 K. gave up 2 hr.
Mitchell 1 IP 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.91
Gallegos 1 IP, 1 R,  1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 6.19