Friday, May 9, 2014

Tanaka's two-run outing gives Yankees series-opening win over Brewers

Masahiro Tanaka gave up just 2 earned runs in 6.1 innings and David Robertson followed him with his sixth save of the year tonight as the Yankees won an exciting pitchers duel over the Brewers, 5-3. In this contest, Tanaka dominated through the first four frames, giving up no runs and just one hit, but eventually he began to slow down, giving up two runs on three knocks in the sixth before surrendering another two singles in the seventh. Nothing particularly impressive, but since this outing was still of overall high quality I guess it's tough to complain about it.

Anyway, the Bombers offense was quiet until this one's top of the fourth, when Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann got on base to set up a three-run home run from Yangervis Solarte. Two batters later, the Yanks would tack on another trip around the bases just for good measure, as Brian Roberts doubled in Brett Gardner to make it 4-0.

Besides those guys, Pinstripes First Basemen Mark Teixeira and Reliever Adam Warren also contributed to this victory, collecting an RBI Groundout and tossing 1.2 frames of scoreless relief respectively. Those five outs, interestingly, lowered Warren's 2014 ERA to just 1.29, along with a solid five holds. 

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