The Yankees won a largely stress free game against the Orioles tonight. That hasn’t happened enough this season. The Bombers received solid pitching and plenty of fire power en route to a 6 - 3 victory. The game did not feel anywhere near that close, either. New York was in control the whole way.
It may not have been efficient, but Masahiro Tanaka had another strong outing on Tuesday night. The Yankees right-hander kept the Orioles in check for six innings. Tanaka labored in the in the first inning, putting two men on via a hit-by-pitch and walk. He lost the strike zone momentarily, and it looked like he was about to suffer the dreaded big inning. Instead, he worked his way out of the mess.
Tanaka bounced back and pitched effectively the rest of the way. He found himself in very little trouble from there on out. He put two runners on in the sixth inning, but a pair of stirkeouts ended the threat. You could tell how big those strikeouts were because Tanaka was pumped afterwards!
Overall, he tossed six shutout innings, striking out eight in the process. That drops his season pitching line to a 3.84 ERA with a 4.42 FIP. A strong Tanaka down the stretch would do wonder for the Yankees. And while it’s too soon to declare him a changed pitcher, he’s on the right track.
As for the offense, the Yankees jumped out ahead early, cashing in on a first inning run against Yefry Ramirez. Brett Gardner drew a leadoff walk, moving to second when Didi Gregorius worked a free pass of his own. With two on and two out, Ramirez came face-to-face with Gleyber Torres. After falling behind in the count, Torres tapped a two-strike single up the middle to plate the first run of the game.
Gardner found himself as the scoring run again in the third inning. He reached base by singling off Ramirez, then moved to third when Tim Beckham collected an E6 off Giancarlo Stanton. Gregorius followed with a RBI single to left field, tapping the ball off the end of the bat. That made it 2 - 0, Yankees.
The Bombers blew the game wide open in the bottom of the fifth inning. Ramirez loaded the bases with no outs, which spelled trouble. Torres popped out, freezing the runners in place, before a Greg Bird sacrifice fly scored Stanton. Then Miguel Andujar launched a three-run homer to left field, making it a 6 - 0 game. Andujar’s homer was a complete bomb:
New York’s bullpen made things interesting. After working a scoreless seventh inning, A.J. Cole came back out for the eighth. He allowed two runs to score and was then replaced by Dellin Betances. A third run came across thanks to some defensive miscues by Andujar, and all of a sudden it was a 6 - 3 game. Betances settled down, and Aroldis Chapman came on to close things out.
At least the Yankees bullpen pitched better than their crosstown rivals...
Ryan Zimmerman pretending to charge the mound against José Reyes is all we really need. pic.twitter.com/AEsAryrP9N— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) August 1, 2018
The Yankees and Orioles will wrap up this quick two-game set tomorrow afternoon. Alex Cobb will square off against Sonny Gray, with first pitch scheduled for 1:05 PM.