The first game of the doubleheader went about as smoothly as possible. The Yankees put up a dozen runs and Aaron Boone got to spare his big arms in the bullpen. With a day off tomorrow, they should all be ready to go for tonight’s game.
We’ll have a full recap shortly, but for now, some highlights?
Winner of the Game
The Yankees broke out for 12 runs on Tuesday afternoon. The entire lineup deserves to be named Winner of the Game, but I wanted to highlight a few points:
- Gio Urshela went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI, further adding to his All-Star case
- Luke Voit demolished a three-run homer in the fourth
- Gary Sanchez smashed a two-run shot in the bottom of the eight
- Kendrys Morales, of all people, went 3-for-5
It was a good day to watch the Yankees at the plate.
Loser of the Game
For two innings, Masahiro Tanaka looked brilliant. He threw just 27 pitches, and at one point, struck out three consecutive batters. The wheels fell off in the third inning, however. An error and a pair of singles got the Mets on the board, then Tanaka surrendered a three-run homer to Jeff McNeil.
The right-hander lasted 6.2 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits. His season ERA has climbed to 3.58. It’s been a rough patch for Tanaka, but hopefully that’s all.