Game 115 / 64-51 / 1st / +1.5G : A statement game? Dunno, maybe too early for that. But in a way — yes. A Toronto victory would have handed the momentum right back to them, and relegated last night’s dramatics to a distant memory. But a dominant, complete game performance from ace Masahiro Tanaka that not only increased the division lead over the Blue Jays, but gave a critical day off to New York’s all-important bullpen? Oh, hell yes.
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.
Yankees 4, Blue Jays 1
“My mindset was I wanted to go as deep into the game as possible. I’m just really satisfied that I was able to do that.” ‐ Masahiro Tanaka
MEMORY LANE : On today’s date in 1916, although he wasn’t a New York Yankee yet (that would come 2+ years later), Babe Ruth, pitching for the Boston Red Sox, out-dueled legend Walter Johnson over 13 innings in a 1-0 Boston victory …. (h/t: Baseball-Reference.com, Today in Baseball History)