Game 39: You just had a feeling with this guy on the mound, that things were going to change for the Yanks… And they did. Masahiro Tanaka gave the bullpen a rest and pitched a complete game shutout which makes him the first Yankee rookie to do so since El Duque on September 9th 1998 (vs BOS). He has not lost a game since August 18th 2012 making him perfect so far this year with a 6-0 record. He even managed to get his first Major League hit on top of 8 strikeouts, allowing only 4 hits, and caught Chris Young stealing second.
In the top of the second with Yangervis Solarte on first, Brian Roberts hits a line drive to left towards a diving Eric Young Jr. who misjudged the ball resulting in an RBI and a triple for Roberts. Yangervis Solarte continues to shine by tacking on another run in the 4th with a blast into the right field seats. Mark Teixiera joined the party with his own solo shot in the 6th which makes that his 7th HR in his last 15 games.
Alfonso Soriano covered a lot of ground tonight and made a great leaping catch at the warning track when Murphy made contact with a fastball.
Brett Gardner ran out an infield single and stole second, putting pressure on Met’s pitcher Carlos Torres, Gardy then reached third on a wild pitch. Derek Jeter hit a weak ground ball in front of the plate and ran it out due to some miscommunication between the Met’s pitcher and catcher, reaching first base safely, scoring Gardy and increasing the lead to 4 for Masahiro Tanaka‘s shut out.
Here’s the box score. And Bryan Hoch‘s recap from mlb.com.