Friday, July 4, 2014

McCann: Tanaka's Pitches "Were Just Up" in Yesterday's Win

For the first time in his major league career last night, Yankees' Ace Masahiro Tanaka didn't look sharp.

The $155 million rookie, 12-3 with a 2.29 ERA, gave up 4 earned runs in 7 innings, his first non-quality start of the season.

Yes, for pretty much all contest, the Twins were getting men on base, something that still doesn't seem to concern his battery mate Brian McCann, who told The Journal News' Chad Jennings after the win that Tanaka just left some pitches up.

“I think his pitches were just up,” McCann said. “His split was up. But at the same time, you look up there in the seventh inning and he’s at 75 pitches, so it’s hard to say it was tough. I thought his sinker was great tonight, he got a lot of early pitch outs.”

In the W, the right-hander's MLB-leading twelfth of the year, Tanaka struck out just 3, a career low.

Still, the fact that the Yankees won has got to be considered here, as #19's first bad game did come on a night he finally got a good amount of run support, something that hasn't really happened since May 25's blowout in Chicago.

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