(Courtesy of the AP)
Well that was fun, huh? Some more excellent work by Masahiro Tanaka, a thorough beatdown of Jon Lester, a multi-hit homecoming for Jacoby Ellsbury, and a comfortable series-opening victory for the boys in pinstripes. I'll take that for each game in the rest of this series, thank you very much.
- It was clear from the get go that Lester didn't have it last night. He gave up a leadoff triple to Ellsbury, 2 straight hits to Derek Jeter and Carlos Beltran, and it was 2-0 Yanks 3 batters into the game.
- They let him off the hook with a double play ball in the 2nd, but got right back to work in the 3rd with a trio of doubles by Soriano, Teix (yay!), and Big Mac to make it 4-0.
- Tanaka was stellar again and showed no ill effects of pitching in the big setting. He made 2 mistakes to David Ortiz and Mike Napoli in the bottom of the 4th on misplaced sinkers that they hit for home runs, otherwise he was money.
- Those 2 runs didn't end up amounting to much for Boston. A 2-out, 4-run rally in the 5th knocked Lester out and put the game out of reach.
- Just for good measure, Carlos Beltran smacked a solo shot to make it 9-2 in the 8th. Dellin Betances gave up a meaningless run in a mop-up 9th.
- Tanaka: 7.1 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K. If he wants to keep putting up line like this for the rest of the year, I have no qualms with that.
- Brian McCann: 3-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB. Sweet little day at the dish for Big Mac.
- Ellsbury: 2-5, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 6 LOB. He said before the game he wasn't too concerned about coming back to his former home stadium and he played like it. Ice cold.
- Yangervis Solarte: 0-5, 3 K, 6 LOB. The only starter to not get a hit last night and the only Yankee hitter who Lester could get out.
The Bombers will look to make it 4 in a row against their rivals tonight when Michael Pineda and John Lackey take the mound. Here's hoping for a carbon copy of last night.