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For the second straight start, Masahiro Tanaka has not been very good. In five innings on Tuesday, Tanaka allowed seven runs, six of them earned. Tanaka allowed a leadoff single to Marlins hitter Derek Dietrich to right field to start the game. The next batter walked, and Starlin Castro followed him with an RBI single. Two more runs would score after a throwing error by Didi Gregorius. Tanaka would induce a double play from Marlins hitter Brian Anderson to limit the damage.
A 3-run home run in the top of the fifth inning by Marlin J.T. Realmuto would put the Marlins ahead 7-0. Tanaka would finish the fifth inning, but his day would be over after throwing only 83 pitches.
Yankees Bats Muted
The Yankees bats were quiet in this one, with only four total hits. Miguel Andújar was the Yankees best hitter, with a double and a home run. Gregorius hit a double, going 1 for 2 along with 2 walks. The short stop now has 14 walks, and should very likely surpass his career high of 37 this season. Yes, you read that right.
Neil Walker went 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts playing second base. The 10-year veteran is hitting only .173 on the season so far. Tyler Wade has also not been productive at second base. Along with Walker, Wade is hitting under .100 in his 35 plate appearances this season. Neither has created a blockage that should hold up Gleyber Torres. There are many people who expect Torres to join the club within the next couple of weeks. Torres has hit .366 for Triple-A club Scranton Wilkes-Barre so far this season. The 21-year old number one Yankees prospect should soon get his chance to show the big club what he’s capable of doing.
The Yankees fall to 8-8 and are in action against the Blue Jays on Thursday at 6:35pm EDT. CC Sabathia returns to face Aaron Sanchez.