Game 135: BOS vs. NYY — Cloudy Saturday is #TanakaTime

It’s a rather cloudy day in the Bronx, nearby clouds linger with promises of rain through the night. But it held off for the afternoon game against the Red Sox for the nearly 50,000 fans to cheer on their rivals today.

Masahiro Tanaka got the start today and threw just a beautiful game in this third game of the 4-game weekend series against the division leaders. He threw 97 pitches into the 8th inning, giving up 5 hits, 2 walks, and a run and striking out just 3 Boston batters to set himself up for the win. That lone run came when a lead-off double in the 6th moved to 3rd on a ground out and then scored on a wild pitch.

But Tanaka led the Yankees to keep the Red Sox at that lone run, and the Yankee fans showed their appreciation when he left the mound in the 8th inning with a nice standing ovation. David Robertson continued that momentum, completing a scoreless 8th inning, handing the ball to Dellin Betances for a 12-pitch, 3-strikeout flawless 9th.

The Yankee offense was there to back up their starter with the run support to narrow the Red Sox’s lead in the AL East. In the 2nd, Chase Headley got things started for the Yankees with a 1-out solo home run into the left field seats. {Media note: no media link, sorry. MLB.com has changed their video availability, and initially, it is often difficult to find the more traditional plays to share with the public.} A bit later in the inning, the Yankees loaded up the bases, but couldn’t add to their score at that point.

With the game now tied up in the 6th, the Yankees found a big opportunity. Gregorius led-off with a walk and ended up at 3rd on Headley’s single. They both then scored as part of Matt Holliday’s big 3-run home run. (Personal note: I actually looked at my mom as they were jogging the bases and said, “Welcome back, Mr. Holliday! So much for that back injury.”) Ellsbury led-off the 7th with a triple and then scored on Gary Sanchez’s single to cap off the Yankees’ scoring this afternoon.

Final score: 5-1 Yankees

Well, a big happy 25th birthday to Ronald Torreyes, who got the start at 2nd due to Starlin Castro’s dental issues. Apparently, sometime between last night’s game and 7 am, Castro lost a tooth and needed an emergency root canal, sitting in the dentist’s chair from 7 am until just before game time. So when Girardi announced the line-up change, he was hoping the regular starter would be available at least off the bench, noting that lack of sleep and early dental surgery may not be ideal for even a back-up player today.

Fortunately, the finale is tomorrow evening, so both the Yankees and Castro himself have time to recover and rest in hopes of taking this series from the Red Sox. As someone who’s had root canal surgery (twice), my thoughts are with Castro today. Fingers crossed for about 24 hours (from now) in recovery to come back strong and help the Yankees win tomorrow night too.

Go Yankees!

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