Friday, July 28, 2017
Masahiro Tanaka dominated the Rays’ hitters and the Yankees’ power bats dominated Rays pitching Friday night in a 6-1 win over Tampa Bay at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees (55-46) earned their fifth consecutive win—and second straight over the visiting Rays (53-51)—and took over sole possession of first place in the American League East. The Yanks lead the Red Sox by a half-game. Tampa Bay sits third in the AL Wild Card standings, 2 1/2 games behind the Royals for the second spot
Tanaka retired the first 17 batters he faced before Adeiny Hechavarria singled with two out in the sixth. The right-hander allowed one run on two hits while fanning a career-high 14 en route to his eighth win of the season. Brute force in the form of three home runs backed Tanaka’s excellence on the mound.
Ladies and gentlemen, your motherfarnsing first place New York Yankees!
Mashiro Tanaka’s season is just crazy. He pitches like garbage half the time and then the other half of the time he looks great. He even had a game where he seemed like he did both, with 10 strikeouts in 4 innings and 6 runs allowed! Tonight, though, he was just dominant. An absolute beast.
Brett Gardner now has two more home runs than the Red Sox’s leading home run hitter. That’s kind of crazy.
And Clint Frazier, holy shit! They really need to just rotate the outfielders through the DH spot when Hicks returns. Just DFA Garrett Cooper and make Headley and everyday first baseman.
Caleb Smith pitches tomorrow, looking to redeem his disappointing first start as a Yankee. Let’s hope that he can keep the good times of this week going!
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