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Offense Fails Tanaka, Marlins Edge Yanks

Mark Teixeira launches a solo shot to right-center off Tom Koehler for his team-leading 18th home run of the season on July 15, 2015 at Marlins Park

Game 63 | 34-29, 2nd : Masahiro Tanaka allowed only 2 runs over 7 innings, but a punchless New York offense managed only 1 run off three Miami hurlers in a 2-1 loss at Marlins Park. The Yankees were held to 3 hits and never threatened after a Mark Teixiera home run in the second. It wasn’t Tanaka’s finest outing by any measure, but he pitched his way out of trouble when he needed to. The dagger mistake pitch was a fastball in the 7th inning that found too much of the plate, and Marlin’s third baseman Derek Dietrich crushed it for what would be the game winning run.

“I thought he was pretty good. Seven innings, two runs. He gave up one early and then he gave up the home run but I thought he threw the ball pretty good. … He gave up a lot of (hits) early and then settled down. That’s probably missing a few spots, slow roller, that sort of thing. But then he seemed to settle in nicely and I did like that.” ‐ Joe Girardi, on Tanaka’s outing  (h/t: Chad Jennings/LoHud)

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

Marlins 2, Yankees 1

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  • Sergio Santos   A nice inning of relief work in the 8th, cleaning up a bases-loaded, no-out mess left by Jose Ramirez (single, hit batsman, and a walk). With the game at 2-1 and a chance to tie or go ahead in their last at bat in the 9th, a curious decision to hand the ball to Ramirez, whose 36.00 ERA and lack of experience in tight games was a head scratcher.

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  • Hitting Or Lack Thereof   Another night of anemic performances at the plate for pretty much the entire lineup. Tex had the big blast (his 18th of the season), and Didi Gregorius had a 2-3 night. And after that nothing from nobody.

FOOTNOTES : While his time spent with the Yankees was short, Martin Prado quickly endeared himself to Bomber fans with his hustle, versatility and batting eye — and many weren’t happy to see him go in the Nathan Eovaldi trade. While you never want to see an opponent out of a lineup due to injury, Prado was scratched tonight (shoulder strain), and is day-to-day …

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