After last night’s rout, the Yankees were looking for a quick end to this short series on an upswing. But it was not to be, and the Yankees return to being even in the standings (8-8 win-loss ratio) by the end of tonight’s game. Masahiro Tanaka was not having a good night in his start against the Marlins. In his 5 innings, he threw 83 pitches, but gave up 8 hits, 2 walks, and 7 runs (6 earned), striking out 5 Miami batters. He just had trouble finding outs in some of his innings, no thanks to the sloppy defense (only 2 errors, and that was clearly a scorer being generous).
In the 1st, he gave up a single, a walk, an RBI single, and a single to load up the bases before a throwing error kept the bases loaded and scored another run. The next batter hit into a double play (the first of 3 tonight: #2, #3), finally recording an out in the game. A single led-off the 2nd inning, and he ended up at 2nd on a missed catch error trying to get the out at 1st. A ground out moved that runner to 3rd, and a single then scored him. And a 2-out single in the 5th moved to 2nd on a walk before both runners would score as part of a big 3-run home run to just pack in the runs for the Marlins.
After Tanaka, the Yankees turned to recently recalled (see below) Luis Cessa, who set down the Marlins for the 6th and 7th innings. Looking to extend his outing, Cessa came out for the 8th but immediately started struggling. He gave up a single, a wild pitch, a walk, and an RBI single with no outs before he admitted his injury. The Yankees turned to Chad Green to get out of the jam of runners on the corners. Green gave up a sacrifice fly to score the lead runner, but then buckled down to get out of the 8th without further damage. Robertson came on to close out the game in the 9th, with a 14-pitch, 3-strikeout flawless inning.
Meanwhile, the Yankees batters were just stymied against the Marlins’ pitchers. While they certainly racked up the walks — 5 off the starter, 7 in total — they didn’t get an actual hit until Miguel Andujar’s double in the 5th inning. Beyond that, they only got 4 total hits all night. They loaded up the bases in the 6th, but ended up striking out of the inning. They just weren’t hitting or hitting well tonight at all.
In fact, the only reason they got on the board at all was Andujar’s 2-out solo home run (his 1st career MLB homer, by the way) into the left field seats in the 9th inning. Andujar had an absolutely stellar night himself, going 2-for-4, including his 1st career home run. None of that amazingness rubbed off on any of his teammates though, and that’s tough at the end of the day.
Final score: 9-1 Marlins, they split this series 1-1
Roster moves: before tonight’s game, the Yankees sent pitcher Tommy Kahnle to the DL with right shoulder tendonitis, retroactive to Monday. In his spot on the roster, the Yankees recalled Luis Cessa, but now he’s headed to the DL with that oblique strain injury in the 8th.
Next up: the Yankees have an off-day tomorrow, which is a shame in a way because it’s going to be a beautiful day in the City. (Enjoy your off-day, guys!) On Thursday, they begin their 4-game weekend series against the visiting Blue Jays. And except for Thursday, the rest of the weekend looks amazing for ball games. I don’t know about you, but I’m already over all this weird April weather and its effect on the games and schedule.