The Yankees continued their historic winning in the Subway Series against the New York Mets, as they took Game 1 by a massive 12-5 margin.
Lets quickly dive into the 4-1 comeback with how Tanaka fixed some early game mistakes, the defense didn’t play too great with 3 errors (luckily, so did the Mets with 2 of their own), and the offense that scored in all but 2 innings during today’s home win.
Let’s get win #2 on the day this evening! Sweep the Subway!
Since we have another game today (more baseball!), I’m going to have this be a quick recap, with no extra discussion outside of the usual bullet points, as this game will be discussed in excess over the next few hours and during this evening’s pre-game report on PIX-11.
So, without further ado or other interruptions, let’s go!
First, lets address the Yankees errors during today’s game. (Unfortunately, there is no current footage of any error) The first of which was a 3rd inning throwing error by Didi Gregorius, which allowed the lead-off hitter, Ahmed Rosario to reach base. This was the beginning of the worst part of the game for the Yankees, and specifically, Masahiro Tanaka, as the Mets strung together back-to-back singles (scoring Rosario on the 2nd), before a 3-Run Home Run was given up to Jeff McNeil. Luckily, this was the low-point for the game, as the Met’s then led 4-1.
The 2nd error was a fielding error on today’s first baseman, Kendrys Morales, who had a throw from Didi hit off the end of his glove in the 4th inning, which allowed Todd Frazier to reach base. It was a pretty blatant error, but luckily, the ball didn’t go out-of-play and Frazier had to stay on first. No damage was done due to this play.
The 3rd error I believe is truly hard to call an error, as it was a fielding error on Gary Sanchez on a foul ball that was hit high behind the plate in the 6th inning. That entire play it was obvious Sanchez was losing the ball due to the sunlight, and it ultimately hit off the end of his glove before falling on the ground foul. Todd Frazier ended up grounding out on the next pitch anyway.
Yankees who failed to get a hit: DJ LeMahieu (0-5, did reach base on an error) & Cameron Maybin (albeit he was a 8th Inning defensive replacement and only went 0-1)
Looking at it, Masahiro Tanaka’s final line isn’t good either, but we’ll address this later:
6.2 IP, 7 Hits, 5 Runs (4 Earned), 0 Walks, 7 Strikeouts, 1 HR Allowed
My goodness was there a lot to be excited about in this game! Lets start with a couple of quick notes about the game:
The Yankees recorded 15 hits, which tied a season-high (the Orioles game below),
The Yankees scored in all but 2 innings today (not counting the 9th), which means the whole team offense was producing, and
The +7 Run Differential is the highest since a 7-0 Shutout against the Padres on May 29th
Because it’s the most exciting part of any game, we’ll address the specifics first: The Yankees had three players hit home runs today. Actually, that doesn’t do it justice, the Yankees had three players hit BOMBS today. Click each name below for a video link to each Home Run BOMB:
Besides hitting home runs, the Yankees also produced mightily on the basepaths, as every starter (except DJ LeMahieu) had an extra-base hit!
Gio Urshela had two extra-base hits during todays game, with a HR and 2B (both highlights above)
Why Was Tanaka’s Start Not “Bad”?
To sum it up simply, it’s because today is a doubleheader. If not, I would probably classify it as such even though Tanaka only had 1 bad inning in the 2nd.
However, because the Yankees have at least another 9 innings to play tonight, and with James Paxton on the mound in his 2nd start back from the IL, you can only imagine the bullpen is going to be called upon somewhat early.
However, by going almost 100 pitches, and almost through 7 innings, Tanaka’s pitching (and the offenses production to give a nice big run gap) allowed the Yankees to only bring in Tommy Kahnle to help escape a 7th inning jam on only 3 pitches, and then David Hale for the final 2 innings of work.
Tanaka helped to save the bullpen, and for that reason, although he gave up 5 runs (4 earned), it was a good start to me.
7:05 PM, YES Network
Jason Vargas (2-3, 3.57 ERA) vs. James Paxton (3-2, 3.11 ERA)
LETS WIN TWO!