Saturday, April 15, 2017
Supported by home runs from Starlin Castro and Austin Romine, Masahiro Tanaka settled down to pitch into the seventh inning as the Yankees secured their fifth straight win on Friday, a 4-3 Interleague victory over the Cardinals at Yankee Stadium.
With St. Louis paying its first visit to the Bronx since 2003, Tanaka bounced back from a rough start to the young season to pick up his first win, limiting the Cardinals to Matt Carpenter’s two-run homer and Randal Grichuk’s RBI double over 6 1/3 innings. Tanaka retired 10 straight through one stretch, striking out five and walking two.
“I thought it was a rough start, giving up two runs early in the game, but the team came right back,” Tanaka said through an interpreter. “I think that was a good mental boost. I think I got into a better tempo after that.”
This was not a particularly GOOD start by Tanaka, but it was his best start yet. If I told you that Gary Sanchez was going to be hurt very early in the season, that Greg Bird would give the Yankees pretty much nothing (if that dude isn’t hurt then, well, I’d be very surprised) and a mediocre start like last night was Tanaka’s best start of the season, then you sure as heck would have signed up for a 6-4 record, and so would I.
This has been a fine start to the season, all things considered. Now imagine how things will look once you swap Austin Romine and Ronald Torreyes for Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius! That might be happening in just a couple of weeks.
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