O's Win HR Derby; Tanaka Gem Wasted

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Masahiro Tanaka pitches eight innings of one-run ball, striking out 10 while allowing just six hits and a walk in a no-decision at Yankee Stadium on September 8, 2015

Game 137 / 77-60 / 2nd / -1.5 GB : The Yankees hit one home run tonight. Baltimore hit two. That was the difference. Ace Masahiro Tanaka did his part — tossing 8 strong innings of 1-run, 10 strikeout ball, while the Yankees offense had no answer for Baltimore starter Kevin Gausman, with the exception of Alex Rodriguez, who clubbed his 30th home run of the season in the 6th. Then in the 9th, with Chasen Shreve in for Tanaka, the wheels came off a great pitching duel. With no one on base and down in the count, Shreve served up an opposite field blast to the dangerous Chris Davis for a 2-1 Baltimore lead. And that was that.

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

Orioles 2, Yankees 1

Ouch!

“We thought he’d exhausted himself, so we thought it was time to make the change.” ‐ Joe Girardi on pulling Tanaka after 8 innings.  (h/t: Chad Jennings / LoHud)

A-Rod’s Game Tying Home Run

  • The Ace Delivered   With the bullpen pushed to their limit and news of Nathan Eovaldi possibly done for the season, New York needed length from Tanaka tonight, and he delivered a gem.
  • 40 Going On 30   Obviously benefitting from his recent respite, A-Rod is getting the stroke back and not a minute too soon. The game-tying round-tripper tonight was his 30th of the season, and the 3,055th hit of his career, passing Rod Carew and tying Rickey Henderson on the all-time list.
  • Can’t Blame Shreve   In hindsight, it’s easy to say ‘Why pitch to Davis?’ with no one on base. Shreve said he didn’t want to let the leadoff guy on, and tried to keep the ball up and out of Davis’ wheelhouse, but missed the mark. If walked, odds are Davis would have been pinch run for, and Buck would play ‘small ball’ for the go-ahead run. Tough outcome for the normally dependable lefty — who had not allowed a run since August 2 when he relieved Ivan Nova in the 7th inning on the road against the Chicago White Sox, giving up 2 home runs in 2/3 of an inning of work. That one didn’t hurt, as it was in the midst of 12-3 Yankee blowout.

Top Double-Play of The Season?


MEMORY LANE : On today’s date in 1939, the Yankees traded Al Piechota to the Boston Braves for a player to be named later, who on June 17, 1940 turned out to be Joe Callahan to complete the trade …

FOOTNOTES : Happy 63rd Birthday to pitcher Larry Stephen McCall, whose three-year MLB career included a stint on the Yankees roster over the 1977 and 1978 seasons. The Asheville, North Carolina native wore the recently retired uniform number 51 in 1977. He appeared in 7 games over the two seasons, starting one, and finishing with a 1-1, 5.63 record. On November 10, 1978, McCall was traded along with Mike Heath, Sparky Lyle, Dave Rajsich, Domingo Ramos, and cash to the Texas Rangers for Dave Righetti, Juan Beníquez, Mike Griffin, Paul Mirabella, and minor leaguer Greg Jemison.
(h/t: Baseball-Reference.com, Today in Baseball History)
 

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