By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
July 8, 2014
New York Yankees vs Cleveland Indians Post Game Recap
Final Score: Yankees 3 Indians 5
The New York Yankees even with their ace on the mound were unable to get a victory in Cleveland against the Indians. With just four hits as a team in the loss, the Yankees record is now (45-44) on the season, which is fur games behind the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East.
Yankees Starter, Masahiro Tanaka had his worst start of the season for the Yankees against the Indians, as he was handed his fourth loss of the season. Michael Brantley would be a serious problem for Tanaka in this game, starting in the first inning with a RBI double. Brantley would strike again in the fifth inning with yet another RBI double scoring Chris Dickerson. In the sixth inning with a 3-2 lead at the time, Tanaka gave up a two-run homerun to Nick Swisher, which gave the Indians the lead. In the next inning, Brantley would strike again, this time with a solo-homerun, which was his 14th homerun of the season. Tanaka finished going 6.2 innings allowing five runs on 10 hits, with a walk, and didn’t reach the 100 pitch mark.
Although the first two innings were difficult for Trevor Bauer, he was able to settle in, and give the Indians a very good start. While earning his third win of the season Bauer went seven innings allowing three runs, only two of which were earned on four hits and two walks. In the first inning the Yankees would get two runs, started by a RBI single from Mark Teixeira, and then on a double steal, Brian McCann would strikeout, but a bad throw from Catcher Yan Gomes would allow Jacoby Ellsbury to score on the poor throw trying to get Teixeira at Second Base.
To finish of the game the Indians bullpen was very good, as in the eighth inning, Bryan Shaw pitched a scoreless inning, and then in the ninth inning Cody Allen shut the door on the Yankees with his 10th save of the season.
The Yankees simply can’t see Tanaka struggle, as not only has he been great on the mound, but generally he keeps the bullpen rested by going deep into games, and if hitters are starting to figure him out the Yankees season will be in major trouble
Next up for the Yankees will be Game 3 of the series in Cleveland, with Brandon McCarthy making his debut with the Yankees facing off against Josh Tomlin (5-6, 4.11).