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Tanaka had an easy one-two-three second inning.
But then disaster struck in the form of a two-out rally.
After getting the first two outs of the first, Tanaka gave up a single to shortstop Xander Bogaerts and walked Ortiz.
RHP Bryan Mitchell continued his recent struggles when he allowed a two-run home run to Boston C Blake Swihart in the eighth inning Tuesday.
Instead, there was a statistical regression toward the mean, with both pitchers settling in, The game was speedy going forward and finished at a prosaic 2 hours and 57 minutes. After the first two hitters went down in order, Chris Young kept the inning alive with a single. Nonetheless, the Yankees deficit cut down to 3-1. “It’ll all just fall into line, where this didn’t”.
“Our babies are something special”, said 39-year-old David Ortiz, who had the other RBI. Tanaka retired the last two batters of the inning, but was sitting at 71 pitches thrown through just three innings of work.
The Yankees have six games remaining on their schedule. Well, that’s about all the damage Tanaka allowed. Jacoby Ellsbury got the inning started with a double to right field on the first pitch that he saw. Miley got an out before walking Alex Rodriguez. The Yankees avoided an early exodus by countering with four runs off Rick Porcello -9-14 5.02 ERA – in the bottom half. Next up was Deven Marrero, he promptly singled to drive in a run, making the score 6-5.
In his second season with the Yankees since moving from the Rakuten Eagles of Japan’s Pacific League, Tanaka has a 12-7 record with a 3.38 earned run average and is considered the de facto ace of the Yankees.
The Sox had a solid opportunity to break the tie in the top of the frame, with Ortiz hitting a leadoff double to center field off of new pitcher Justin Wilson.
But now Sabathia was excited “to be able to pop champagne and exhale for a second”. Now that’s not because they have not been playing well, it’s more a credit to how strong the AL East has finally become.
Betances knew the ball was gone and won’t admit he has an overused arm and is exhausted at the wrong time of the season. His first one was very impressive coming off the dominant set-up man Dellin Betances to tie the game in what was arguably the biggest hit of the night.
Red Sox: Rich Hill is 2-0 in three starts. “I wanted to make sure I got that run in”. Sox 9-5. Robbie Ross Jr. came out and pitched a scoreless inning to bring the Sox the win and once again deny the Yankees securing a wild card slot. The Twins game was rained out, but they were unable to fulfill their end of the bargain anyway, getting blasted for ten runs, plating only four themselves. Former Sox Andrew Bailey gave up the go ahead run when Devon Marrero hit an RBI single to score Travis Shaw. However, Shaw should be taking home that award. It hit off the third base umpire, keeping Young from a likely double. But as pathetic as the Yankees were the past three nights in the Bronx, and with Tanaka not at his best, there may only be one more game left and that could be Tuesday night again in the Bronx. Interim manager Torey Lovullo stated after the game that the team knew the Yankees could celebrate a playoff berth tonight with a win, so that was part of their motivation to prevent that from occurring. 500 with four games left to play.
The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees end their four-game series Thursday.
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