Game 54: SD vs. NYY — Tuesday night spells Tanaka troubles

In this second game of the midweek series against the visiting Padres, the Yankees fell just short, despite making quite the concerted effort to overcome the Padres’ early lead. Masahiro Tanaka got off to a bumpy start and really couldn’t recover after the 1st inning. Overall, he threw 100 pitches through 6 innings, gave up 9 hits, 2 walks, and 5 runs (4 earned), and still struck out 7 batters.

In that 1st inning, his lead-off batter reached on a fielding error, moved to 2nd on a single, and then scored on an RBI single. The next batter hit a big 3-run home run up the middle to shove the Padres into that early lead, all before Tanaka recorded an out. After this mess, things settled down. Until the 6th. A 1-out single moved to 3rd on another single and then scored on yet another single for the Padres’ eventual insurance run.

Joe Harvey and Luis Cessa split the final 3 innings, keeping the visitors scoreless and each collecting 2 strikeouts to carry the game through. Without that messy start, the Yankees really had quite a good game overall, pushing the Padres’ bullpen to the brink later in the game.

Gary Sanchez found the first chance for the Yankees with a 1-out solo home run in the 4th. But it was the 7th that really made things interesting for the home town crowd. With a new pitcher, Morales led-off with a walk. After a strikeout and another new pitcher, Estrada then worked a walk.

Still another new pitcher couldn’t seem to get the Yankees out, loading the bases with Gardner’s short single. DJ LeMahieu’s single scored Morales and Estrada, and Voit’s single loaded up the bases again. Aaron Hicks hit into a fielder’s choice out at 2nd to score Gardner.

And the Yankees’ rally halted abruptly as the Padres finally found relievers that kept the Yankees’ bats much quieter. Thus, the Yankees fell just short of the win.

Final score: 5-4 Padres

Roster moves: Before today’s game, the Yankees announced they were sending Didi Gregorius to join AAA Scranton to continue his rehab assignment. He was successful with the Advanced-A Tampa Tarpons, but he’ll continue ramping up his progress before setting foot back with the major league roster, making his 2019 debut after Tommy John surgery last October.

After the game, the Yankees optioned Joe Harvey back to AAA Scranton. It looks like starter James Paxton will be back in the rotation tomorrow, as scheduled. Paxton has been nursing a troubling knee injury, recently getting cortisone injections.

And it’s that time of year again. The All-Star Game voting is underway. They’re doing things a bit different than they did in previous years. Fans still get a chance to help pick their favorites to start the game, starting today. Fans can vote up to 5 times a day via MLB team sites or once a day through Google Search until June 21 at 4 pm EST.

The finalists (top 3 per position, top 9 outfielders) will be revealed June 21 at 7pm EST. Then fan voting resumes for the finalists June 26 at 12pm EST through June 27 at 4pm EST. The winners of this vote will be revealed June 27 at 7pm, and the rest of the ASG roster on June 30.

The All-Star Game will be July 9 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, with many fun local festivities leading up to the main event like the Fan Fest, Workout Day, and the Home Run Derby.

Go Yankees!

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