All-Star Gardner Rakes, Tanaka Dominates

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Masahiro Tanaka pitches 7 2/3 innings against the A's, allowing two runs on two hits and striking out six in his fifth win of 2015 on July 9th at Yankee Stadium

Game 85 | 46-39, 1st : The Yankees closed out their final homestand of the first half with a series victory over the Oakland A’s behind an outstanding performance by Masahiro Tanaka, and timely hitting from the offense. New York finally defeated nemesis Jesse Chavez and improved to a season-high 3 game lead in the American League East.
With the ‘table-setters’ at the top of the lineup restored — Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner going a combined 4-9 with 3 RBI — and the staff ace looking like one again, the Yankees rolled the Athletics for a 6-2 afternoon victory at The Stadium.

Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.

Yankees 6, A’s 2

  • Brett Gardner   With the untimely injury to the Kansas City Royals’ left fielder Alex Gordon, Ned Yost, the American League All-Star squad manager, named Gardner to replace Gordon on the roster. It will be Gardy’s first time as a member of the All-Star team.
  • Masahiro Tanaka   In a much-anticipated start, Tanaka passed with flying colors by tossing 7.2 innings of 2-hit ball, with 6 strikeouts.
  • Welcome Back, Ells   A welcome sight for New York fans, Jacoby Ellsbury returned to the lineup picking up where he left off, 1-4, but scoring 2 runs and running well on the base paths.

“Hopefully next week, I’m sure (my kids) will be there; we’ll go out onto the field for the (Home Run) Derby and stuff like that. It’ll be something special. I think they’ll enjoy it and it’ll be something hopefully — I know I’ll always remember and cherish — but they’ll realize a little later on how special it is.” ‐ Brett Gardner  
(h/t: Mike Zacchio/LoHud)

FOOTNOTES : Tanaka’s last win was on June 9th over the Washington Nationals, out-dueling Max Scherzer and backed by a pair of home runs from Stephen Drew… Before today, Jesse Chavez qualified for the Yankee-Killer squad, entering today’s game with a 4-0, 1.63 ERA lifetime record against the club …


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