Solid outing of Tanaka in 4-1 win over Rays

The New York Yankees won 4-1 in Tampa Bay last night. The team did not hit well once again, as it collected four hits but they also drew three walks.
But especially the outing of Masahiro Tanaka was very impressive. The Japanese pitcher lasted seven innings in which he gave up only two runs and kept the Rays scoreless.
Despite throwing two wild pitches, Tanaka threw a lot of pitches that led to ground outs.

Eventually he was pulled after the seventh inning in which he threw 82 pitches, of which 53 were called for a strike.

After Tanaka left the game, Andrew Miller entered the game. He gave up one hit but retired the rest of the batters that he faced in the eighth.

Kirby Yates took the mound in the ninth, and recorded two outs before giving up a homerun to Steve Pearce. With one out remaining, Joe Girardi called for Aroldis Chapman who struck out two (!) to finish the game. Struck out two with one out remaining? Yes, he struck out Logan Morrison but Brian McCann could not hang on to the ball, so Morrison reached first base safely before Chapman struck out Desmond Jennings.

As written before, the Yankees collected only four hits but also drew three walks. When Brett Gardner drew a walk, Chris Archer made a throwing error when he tried to pick off Gardner from first base. Gardner raced to second and even made it to third base. After Carlos Beltran reached first base on a fielding error by second baseman Taylor Motter, Brian McCann hit into a force out at second base and reached base himself. Brett Gardner scored on the play. With Brian McCann on first base, Alex Rodriguez hit a 0-1 offering into the bleachers for a two run homerun.

In the eighth inning, Carlos Beltran hit another homerun, but this time a solo shot, to give the Yankees a 4-0 lead.

Didi Gregorius drew a walk in the fifth inning, but did not collect a hit in three at bats.
Jacoby Ellsbury went 2 for 4, Carlos Beltran got one hit in four at bats, and Alex Rodriguez also went 1 for 4 but with two RBI.

What needs to be mentioned was the exceptional defensive play by Starlin Castro in the sixth ining, when Taylor Motter hit the ball up to the middle and it appeared to be a basehit. But Castro fielded the ball while running to his right, turned around and showed an excellent arm for the out at first base.

Here is a summary of the game that shows all three homeruns hit in the game.


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