Sunday, May 25, 2014

Tanaka, Jeter lead Yankees to easy win over White Sox

This was nice.

Lately, as you all already know, the Yankees haven't played all that well, making today's 7-1, split-clinching win over the White Sox extremely enjoyable.

Not only did it end early, as the Yankees scored four times in the second inning alone, but the pitching made it pretty stress-free, surrendering just one earned run in the team's first non-extra inning W in a week. 

Of those 9 frames, 6.2 of them came from Starter Masahiro Tanaka, who, as usual, dominated, surrendering just one 1 trip around the bases while striking out 6 to improve his record to 7-1.

Backing up the Japanse phenom on offense was the trio of Brett Gardner, Derek Jeter, and Jacoby Ellsbury, who combined to drive in five of the team's seven runs. 

In the Bombers' big top of second, Gardner drove in two with a single, Jeter knocked in another with a bloop hit, and Ellsbury drove in the rally's final run with a line-drive sac fly, giving New York an early 4-0 lead. Besides that play, Jeter also led the Yanks to their fifth run of the contest in the fifth, tripling to right-center to set up a run-scoring wild pitch.

Overall, Jeter was 4-for-5 with 2 RBI on the afternoon, scoring a runner from third in the sixth with another base hit.

Following that play, the red-hot Pinstripes would circle the bases for the final time in the eighth, when Brian Roberts made it 7-1 with his second home run of the year.

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