Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Tanaka's shutout leads Yankees past Mets. 4-0

Money well spent.

In a year when just about everybody in the starting rotation has struggled, Masahiro Tanaka has acted as the Yankees' light at the end of the tunnel. 

The Japanese rookie, who came into tonight's start against the Mets 5-0 with a 2.57 ERA, threw the game of his young major league career, striking out eight in a full nine innings as the Yanks ended their six-game losing streak against Queens' team with a 4-0 win. 

In the outing, Tanaka surrendered just four hits, keeping his record perfect and lowering his ERA to an impressive, 2.17. 

On the offensive end of things this evening, Yangervis Solarte, Mark Teixeira, and Brian Roberts, three guys who have really hit the ball well lately, led the way, collecting two solo home runs and an RBI Triple respectively. 

In the top of the seventh, SS Derek Jeter, with the Bombers up 3-0, collected the much-needed dagger, dribbling a ball in front of home plate for a run-scoring infield single.

At that point, this contest was pretty much over, and the Pinstripes, despite all their injuries and struggles, went on to improve to 20-19, somehow just a 1/2 game out of first place. 

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