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I thought the stars were aligned for a big time Masahiro Tanaka
outing last night. Between his nasty stuff, the Brewers' lack of experience seeing him, and their tendency to be free swingers at times, another double digit strikeout performance was more than in play. It didn't up being quite as stellar as I hoped for, but he was still good enough to win and kept his year-plus winning streak alive with a well-deserved victory.
- Early on it looked like he might toss a complete game shutout. He walked Carlos Gomez
to start the bottom of the 1st and then promptly retired the next 8 batters he faced. Through 4, he gave up only 2 singles and struck out 4.
- Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo
was up to the task of matching Tanaka early. He held the Yankees scoreless the first time through the order with only a walk and a Jacoby Ellsbury
base hit against him.
- Things started to unravel for Gallardo in the 4th, after he had to throw almost 50 pitches to get through the first 3. A Carlos Beltran
leadoff walk and a Brian McCann
single put 2 runners on with 1 out. Gallardo left a first-pitch slider out over the plate and Yangervis Solarte
smacked it into the right field bleachers for a 3-run homer and a 3-0 Yankee lead. A Brett Gardner
single and a Brian Roberts
double to right made it 4-0.
- Tanaka kept cruising into the 6th, when a pair of back-to-back doubles finally got the Brewers on the board. Jonathan Lucroy
singled past Derek Jeter
's rotting corpse to pull within 2, but an Aramis Ramirez
double play ball and another K ended the threat.
- The Yanks got a pretty big insurance run in the 8th thanks to a leadoff double by Beltran. Ichiro pinch ran for him, stole third base, and scored on a Mark Teixeira
- Adam Warren
replaced Tanaka with 2 on and 1 out in the 7th and got another clutch double play to snuff out a potential Brewer rally. He handled the 8th as well and D-Rob sandwiched a Mark Reynolds
solo shot between 3 strikeouts for the save.