Tuesday, July 8, 2014

So maybe the Tanaka Tuesday tacos I had during the game weren't so lucky after all.

After giving up a career-high four earned runs in his last start against the Minnesota Twins on Friday, Masahiro Tanaka followed up with the worst start of his Major League career, giving up five earned runs on Tuesday night as the Cleveland Indians beat the Yankees, 5-3.

The Yankees put some early runs on the board, scoring two quickly in the top of the 1st inning. Brett Gardner opened the game with a walk off of Trevor Bauer, then Jacoby Ellsbury singled two batters later to set up runners on 1st and 2nd with one out. Mark Teixeira singled to bring in Gardner for the first run, then as Brian McCann struck out, Ellsbury and Teixeira took off on the pitch, but the throw down to second base went into center field, letting Ellsbury put the Yankees up 2-0.

Cleveland didn't wait very long to get a run back against Tanaka, putting a run up on the board with a Michael Brantley double in the bottom half of the 1st inning. Jason Kipnis singled then stole second base ahead of Brantley. Tanaka would go on to walk Lonnie Chisenhall later in the inning, but nothing came out of it for Cleveland.

Gardner added the Yankees' third and final run of the game in the 2nd inning. Ichiro Suzuki singled to right field to open the inning, moved to second base on a Kelly Johnson walk, then both runners moved up on a sac-bunt by Zelous Wheeler. A batter later, Gardner grounded out to the shortstop to score Ichiro, making it a 3-1 game.

Tanaka made it through the 2nd inning without giving up a run, having to work around a pair of singles. He was at 41 pitches through two, though, signaling he could be in for a short night.

Chris Dickerson opened the 5th inning with a single, and a few batters later, Brantley doubled him home to make it a one-run game, cutting the Yankees' lead to 3-2. In the 6th, Tanaka served up a two-run homerun to Nick Swisher, who went yard for the second night in a row, putting the Indians up 4-3. Brantley continued his big night an inning later with a solo homerun off of Tanaka, extending the Indians' lead to 5-3.

Tanaka was removed from the game a batter later, giving the ball up to Matt Thornton. Tanaka made it through 6.2 innings, giving up five-runs on 10 hits with a walk and five strikeouts. This marked the first time Tanaka has lost to a team that hadn't faced him before. He had been 10-0 with a 1.85 ERA in 12 such starts.

Thornton recorded the final out of the 7th, his only batter of the night. Shawn Kelley opened up the 8th inning on the mound, tossing a three up, three down inning with a pair of strikeouts.

For the Indians, Bauer was very impressive in this outing. He was only charged for two of the three runs on four hits, while walking two and striking out six.

The Yankees and Indians will continue this four-game series on Wednesday night with Brandon McCarthy making his Yankees debut against right-hander Josh Tomlin.

Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images


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