Saturday, May 27, 2017
Masahiro Tanaka rebounded from the worst two-start stretch of his career with a 13-strikeout performance, but Jed Lowrie drove home the tiebreaking run and Stephen Vogt slugged a two-run homer as the Athletics secured a 4-1 victory over the Yankees on Friday evening at Yankee Stadium.
Lowrie collected his third hit of the game in the eighth inning off Tyler Clippard, who had relieved Tanaka. Khris Davis added a run-scoring single later in the inning, and Vogt went deep in the ninth off Jonathan Holder, helping boost Sean Manaea (3-3) to the win.
While obviously that was a frustrating loss, it really wasn’t THAT big of a deal. I think you have to be happier about Tanaka having a great game than pissed about the hitting, especially since Manaea clearly DOES have really good stuff. He just typically doesn’t locate it. When he is locating it, like he was tonight, he is very sharp. No shame losing to that guy. And even with that, the Yankees had the tying run at the plate twice in the ninth inning, but Didi flew out and pinch-hitter Gaey Sanchez popped up. Just a tough loss. Not a big deal.
Now, speaking of big deals, CC Sabathia pitches Saturday afternoon, and that does not bode well for the Yankees.
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