GAME 74: The old geezers swung the bats better than the youngbloods today. After a joyous Old Timer’s Day romp prior to the game, Masahiro Tanaka and Baltimore’s Chris Tillman engaged in a 1-0 duel until the seventh inning. The Bird’s then got to Tanaka for 2 runs, but all hell broke loose in the 8th. With the New York bats silent, the 4 runs pushed across by the Orioles against Adam Warren might as well been 14.
After the game Tanaka stated:
“I started out with giving up the home run, and after that I felt that I battled pretty well. But at the end I gave up two more runs, which cost us the game. And I feel that I kind of let the game go there.”
The game had the feeling of a big inning for the Yanks about to happen at any time, but Tillman kept the lineup off balance all afternoon. Tillman went 7, with 0 ER, scattering 4 hits. T.J. McFarland pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth.
The Yankees offense consisted of Ichiro‘s 2-3 performance, and one hit apiece from Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury. Gardner was called out after a Baltimore challenge on this apparent triple to open the bottom of the first. It was argued that Gardner over-slid the base while thrid-baseman Manny Machado kept the tag on him. Replays were not abundantly clear that was the case, but the umps overruled the original call. After that it was all downhill for the offense.
Here’s the box score and recap. Tomorrow is an off-day, then it’s on to Toronto for a three game set with the first place Blue Jays beginning on Tuesday.
GAMEDAY NOTES: Goose Gossage was honored before the Old Timer’s Day festivities got underway, presented with his own Monument Park plaque. Also, for an excellent review of yesterday’s ceremony adding Tino Martinez‘ plaque to Monument Park, don’t miss LoHud’s report by Chad Jennings, found here.
MEMORY LANE: We were treated to one today…