By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
May 20th, 2014
New York Yankees vs Chicago Cubs Post Game Recap
Final Score: Yankees 1 Cubs 6
In a treat for most baseball fans the New York Yankees were in Wrigley Field playing against the Cubs, but in this match-up between two of the more historical franchises in sports history the Cubs had the edge. The loss for the Yankees moved them to (23-21) on the season, and they fell out of first place by a half of game.
For the first time since 2012 going back to his days in Japan, Masahiro Tanaka suffered a loss on Tuesday. The last team Tanaka lost too was the Seibu Lions, and now the Cubs will be able to say that they were the team to hand him his first major league loss. Tuesday was just one of those nights that a great pitcher didn’t have it, as Tanaka went six innings allowing four runs, three of which were earned on eight hits, and one walk. The loss moves Tanaka to (6-1) on the season, but his ERA is still a magnificent (2.39).
Cubs leadoff hitter Emilio Bonifacio did a good job setting the table for the Cubs offense, by going two for five at the plate with a triple, run scored, and one RBI.
Luis Valbuena provided some pop for the Cubs lineup, as he seemed to feel comfortable at the plate against Tanaka. Valbuena was able to hit two doubles and two runs scored. Mike Olt did his best knocking in runners, as he had three RBIs on a single, a walk, and a sacrifice.
The Yankees on the offensive end were pretty much completely shut-down throughout the game by Cubs Starter Jason Hammel and then their bullpen. Hammel pitched very well, earning his fifth win of the season, by going 5.2 innings allowing just one run on four hits.
Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter both did well at the top of the order, as each went two for four at the plate and Jeter even was able to steal his first bag of the season. Only Gardner however would score on a Mark Teixeira base-hit in the sixth inning.
Next up for the Yankees will be a classic afternoon game in Wrigley Field, as Chase Whitley will be on the mound again facing off against Jeff Samardzija.