With Masahiro Tanaka on the mound the Yankees would improve to 10-5 on the season as they defeated the Chicago White Sox 9-1 Wednesday Night. The Yankees bats were hot, and the pitching was solid as the team bounced back from yesterday’s loss. The team has now won 9 of it’s last 10 games.
Tanaka, who hasn’t looked his sharpest thus far this season, performed well giving up only 1 run on 6 hits through 7 innings. He is now 2-1 on the season. While Tanaka’s stuff wasn’t electric, and he had to grind through several innings and at-bats, you can’t really complain about 1 earned run through 7 with 6 strike-outs. Tanaka carried his lunch pail to the ball park, made a solid start, and got the W.
After a cold night for the Yankees bats last night, they were screaming hot right out of the gate tonight. Lead-off man, Brett Gardner, opened the evening with a triple that was misplayed in right-center field. Red hot Chase Headley came up to bat next and promptly served up a home run into the right-center field bull-pen. Headley is now hitting .396 on the season.
In the second inning, Aaron Judge and Greg Bird hit back-to-back singles and were driven in shortly after by Austin Romine and Ronald Torreyes. The White Sox would score their only run of the game in the 4th inning when Tim Anderson scored on a Jose Abreu double.
The flood gates would open in the fifth during a 2-out rally in the bottom of the inning that would net 4 runs across the plate for the Yankees. Matt Holliday and Jacoby Ellsbury got the ball rolling with a singles to center field. The next man up, Starlin Castro brought everyone home on a home run that landed in the left field bull pen. Then, Aaron Judge absolutely destroyed a ball that went sailing 448 feet deep into the night that brought everyone watching to their feet. His 5th homer of the year. In the eighth inning, while pinch hitting, Aaron Hicks hit a line drive home run to right putting the Yankees up 9-1. The team would finish the night with 11 total hits.
The Yankees have tomorrow off, and look to stay hot as they travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates for a 3 game series beginning Friday night.