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Tanaka Sharp as Yankees Improve to 2-0

John Salvatore

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For the second consecutive game, the Yankees starting pitching was superb. Likewise for the rest of the Yankees bullpen. Moreover, Aaron Boone improves to 2-0 as the Yankees rookie manager.

Masahiro Tanaka made his best effort to demonstrate that spring training numbers don’t matter. The Japanese hurler didn’t walk a batter in his six innings pitched. In addition, Tanaka struck out eight Blue Jays while allowing only one earned run on three hits.

Tommy Kahnle secured four outs for the Yankees, including one strikeout. Kahnle turned the ball over to David Robertson with one out in the 8th inning. Aroldis Chapman got all three of his outs in the 9th via strikeout, but not before giving up two hits and an earned run.

The Other Side

Aaron Sanchez managed to hold Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gary Sanchez to an 0 for 9 day. In addition, Sanchez induced Judge to hit into two double play balls. However, the Yankee lineup in this game proved too deep for Sanchez. He gave up all 8 Yankee hits and left the game in the sixth inning trailing 4-1.

The Blue Jays bullpen pitched 3 1/3 scoreless, hit less innings while striking out four. Danny Barnes came in to relieve Sanchez in the 6th, stranding Brandon Drury at 3rd to end the inning. Ryan Tepera and Tyler Clippard each tossed one scoreless inning before turning the ball over to Roberto Osuna for the 9th.

Yankee Bats Cool off a Bit

Meanwhile, the Yankees bats managed to score four runs without leaving the yard. Equally important, all four RBIs game from the eight and nine Yankee hitters Brandon Drury and Tyler Wade. Drury and Wade each had a pair of runs driven in. Despite Judge, Stanton, and Sanchez combining to go 0 for 12, the rest of the Yankees still managed 8 hits.

Not to mention, Billy McKinney picked up his first Major League hit!

One notable concern in this game is that the Yankees stranded 16 batters. On the other hand, they also had 16 baserunners.

All things considered, this was another good game for the Yankees.

The Yankees will be in action again tomorrow as they send CC Sabathia out to face Marco Estrada of the Blue Jays. Game time 4:07pm EDT.

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