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Yankees Highlights: Bombers overcome heat en route to fifth straight win

One bad inning made a blowout interesting.

Colorado Rockies v New York Yankees Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

With a heat index of 104 degrees, the Yankees played a full nine innings on Saturday afternoon. They played well, too, besting the Rockies by a score of 11-5.

We’ll have a full recap shortly. In the meantime, here are some highlights:

Winner of the Game

For five innings, Masahiro Tanaka looked dominant. He held the Rockies to two hits on just 47 pitches. He appeared prime to toss a Maddux. It’s important to remember how well he pitched through the first five frames.

As for the other winners, it’s tough to choose. Nearly everyone in the starting lineup came through with big hits, from Aaron Judge to Austin Romine. Only Brett Gardner and Luke Voit went hitless, but more on that later.

Loser of the game

Tanaka’s sixth inning rivaled the London Series for his worst frame of the year. After mowing down the Rockies’ lineup, he fell apart after the fifth. Tanaka allowed five runs on 38 pitches! He went from Maddux pace to pulled from the game in a snap. The heat could not have helped. Good thing the Yankees had a sizable lead that this didn’t cost them.

Also, Voit got hit in the chin with a 91 mph fastball in the bottom of the fourth. He left the game and the Yankees put him through a concussion test. It came back clean, so thank goodness for that.


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