Tanaka Sharp, Bats Roll in Series Sweep

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Masahiro Tanaka strikes out seven Orioles in 7 2/3 innings of work, allowing four hits and three solo home runs in a 9-3 victory on July 23, 2015 at Yankee Stadium

Game 94 / 53-41 / 1st / +5.5G : Masahiro Tanaka turned in a dominating start and the Yankees offense gave the ace more than he needed with a 4-run first inning. Chase Headley‘s bases-loaded double to deep center started the scoring, and New York tacked on 5 more the rest of the way, including a blistering solo home run by Jacoby Ellsbury.

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

Yankees 9, Orioles 3

In addition to dealing on the mound, Tanaka flashed a lithe leather as well, spearing a comeback line drive that could have taken his head off.

  • Chase Headley   A booming, bases-clearing, two-out double in the first after it looked bleak when the Yanks loaded ’em up with no outs. Headley went 2-4 and scored twice.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury   Ells did more than set the table, he cleared it with his second inning home run in his best performance since returning form the DL. 3-4, 4 RBI and scored twice.
  • John Ryan Murphy   With Brian McCann getting a rest in a day game following a night game, John Ryan stepped in and stepped up. Not only calling a solid game behind the plate (it was Tanaka’s first outing this season that didn’t include McCann as his battery-mate), Ryan went 3-4, scored 2 runs and you know he’s living right when hits come like this:

“The nice thing I think about the win is getting contributions from a lot of different guys. Since the All-Star break, I think it’s been the case with a lot of our wins. It’ll be nice to take some of that momentum on the road, but it was a good homestand.” ‐ Jacoby Ellsbury  (h/t: LoHud post-game wrap)

MEMORY LANE : On today’s date in 2012 the Yankees acquired Ichiro Suzuki from the Seattle Mariners for Danny Farquhar and D.J. Mitchell … In 1922, the Yankees traded a player to be named later (Lefty O’Doul), Chick Fewster, Elmer Miller, Johnny Mitchell and $50,000 to the Boston Red Sox for Joe Dugan and Elmer Smith. New York sent O’Doul to Boston on September 29, 1922 to complete the trade … (h/t: Today in Baseball History)
FOOTNOTES : The club hits the road for a 3-game weekend matchup with the surprising Minnesota Twins, who until this week were giving the Kansas City Royals a good battle in the American League Central. Michael Pineda (9-3, 3.77) will match up with old buddy Phil Hughes (8-6, 4.15) in the opener. Since the All-Star break the Twins have dropped 2 series on the road to both the Oakland A’s and Los Angeles Angels, while the Yanks have won two series at home from Seattle and Baltimore.

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