GAME 89: Masahiro Tanaka proved mortal after all, getting knocked around by the Cleveland Indians to the tune of 5 runs and 10 hits in a 5-3 loss. Both totals the highest of his inaugural season with the Yankees.
It was one of those games that on paper — we got this. Not tonight. When the ace is off and the bats are held in check, not much good is going to happen. And it didn’t. Tanaka was provided with a 2-run cushion in the top of the first on a Mark Teixiera RBI single and throwing error that allowed Jacoby Ellsbury to score from third. After scratching out a run in the second, that was it for the New York offense.
Yanks Wake Swisher Up
Old buddy Nick Swisher came into the game under the Mendoza Line with a .195 BA. But one swing in the sixth inning on a Tanaka fastball landed in the left-center field seats for a huge, go-ahead 2-run homer. 4-3 Cleveland. The Tribe added one more in the seventh as young standout Michael Brantley scorched another Tanaka fastball over 400 feet into the cheap seats for a 5-3 lead.
“I think it had a lot to do with my command. “A lot of my pitches were going right down the middle.”
— Masahiro Tanaka
Here’s the box score and recap.
MEMORY LANE: Not a pleasant Yankees memory, but on July 8th, 1982, Billy Martin records his 1,000th career win as a manager as the Oakland A’s beat the Yankees, no less, 6-3. But good for Billy, who was and always will be a Yankee … In 1951, the feud between Joe DiMaggio and Casey Stengel reaches a head. In the second inning of a game, because of a misplay in the first, Stengel sends reserve Jackie Jensen out to center field to relieve the Yankee Clipper after he had already taken his position. (Source: Today In Baseball History)