Well, that was a letdown. The Yankees failed to secure their third win in a row tonight, losing 5-6 in 10 innings. Former Yankees Ben Gamel and Robinson Cano killed the current Yankees tonight. Cano was 2-4 with a walk and a game-tying home run in the 8th, and Ben Gamel hit a home run in the third and scored the game-winning run in the 10th. It’s never fun to watch another team walk-off, but this was a hard fought game. The Yankees did have a strong team effort tonight.
It was a bit of a weird night for Masahiro Tanaka. He looked pretty strong to begin the game. In the first two innings, he surrendered just two hits, racked up four swinging strike outs, and didn’t surrender any runs.
The wheels came off in the 3rd inning. Mike Zunino led off the inning with a game-tying bomb to left-center. Two batters later, former Yankee Ben Gamel took Tanaka deep to right-center, giving the Mariners a 2-1 lead. Three more singles in the inning plated two more Mariners runs and gave Seattle a 4-2 lead at the end of three innings. Tanaka more than doubled his pitch count in the 3rd. It took him 39 pitches to make it through the inning and only 31 to get through the first two.
Despite the brutal 3rd inning, Tanaka still gave the Yankees six innings tonight. He retired the last 10 Mariners he faced, working three consecutive 1-2-3 innings in the 4th, 5th, and 6th. Tanaka’s final line was 6 innings pitched, 7 hits, 4 runs, 6 strikeouts, and 2 home runs.
Gary Sanchez scored the Yankees’ first runs in the top of the 2nd inning. After leading off the inning with a double, Todd Frazier plated Sanchez by grounding into a double play. The Yankees didn’t score again until the top of the 5th. A sac fly scored Garrett Cooper after a one-out triple.
Ariel Miranda didn’t have a stellar game, but he prevented the Yankee offense from getting much going. The Yankees did scratch a couple runs together but were mostly kept off the base paths for Miranda’s 5.1 innings. The Yankees scoring opened up a bit once they got into the Mariners’ bullpen.
Aaron Judge did it again tonight, hitting his 32nd home run of the year off Steve Cishek in the top of the 6th. His bomb to right-center brought the game within one run.
In the top of the 8th, a Brett Gardner infield single and line drive double from Clint Fraizer put runners at second and third with just one out. Unsurprisingly, Aaron Judge drew an intentional walk to load the bases. The next batter, Matt Holliday brought in the tying run with a sac fly to right field.
The game wasn’t tied for long. David Robertson gave up a home run to Robinson Cano on the first pitch of the bottom of the 8th. Cano took a fastball over the left field wall. Hats off to Cano on that one. Robertson didn’t make that bad of a pitch. Cano is still just that good.
Down one in the 9th, the Yankees tied the game after Didi led off the inning with a walk. Joe Girardi brought Jacoby Ellsbury in to run for Gregorius with Ronald Torreyes up. Ellsbury stole second and later came around to score on Toe’s single into left field.
Adam Warren came into the game in the 10th with the game still tied at 5. Ben Gamel led off the inning with a double. A Robinson Cano walk brought up Nelson Cruz, who singled in the game-winning run. Warren hadn’t given up a run in his last 13 innings, and he couldn’t have broken that streak at a worse time.
This loss definitely hurts. This was a hard-fought game. The offense kept Tanaka in it after his disaster 3rd inning, and the bullpen was great for the most part. The Yankees have once again failed to extend a winning streak past two games. They’ll still have one more chance to win the series tomorrow. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:05 PM, and the game will be broadcast on YES.