Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Game 20 Wrap-Up: NYY 9 BOS 3

(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.

Game Notes:

- 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.

F*ck Yeahs:

- 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.

Oh Nos:

- 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.

Next Up:

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.

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