May
09

Game 34: Tanaka takes Milwaukee

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Today is a good day. First of all, it’s Friday, and that’s almost always great. Second, it’s Masahiro Tanaka‘s day to pitch. That is always awesome. The right-hander has been the staff ace and has somehow exceeded expectations so far. I don’t know how he’s done it, but he has. Tanaka gets his first taste of the National League tonight, which means he’ll also have to hit. My prediction: 20-strikeout no-hitter and 4-for-5 with two homers and two doubles. Mark it down.

Tanaka will have to face Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez tonight even though the appeal of his three-game suspension was heard sometime earlier today. Apparently it takes a few days to hand down a ruling and he might be available all weekend. Bummer. Gomez was suspended for his role in a brawl with Gerrit Cole and the rest of the Pirates. The Yankees won’t have to face the injured Ryan Braun this series, so I guess we shouldn’t complain Milwaukee’s other great player is playing. Whatever. Here’s the Brewers lineup and here’s the Yankees lineup:

  1. CF Jacoby Ellsbury
  2. SS Derek Jeter
  3. RF Carlos Beltran
  4. 1B Mark Teixeira
  5. C Brian McCann
  6. 3B Yangervis Solarte
  7. LF Brett Gardner
  8. 2B Brian Roberts
  9. RHP Masahiro Tanaka

Temperatures are in the mid-60s and it’s sunny in Milwaukee, so the Miller Park roof will probably be open for the game. First pitch is scheduled for a little after 8pm ET and can be seen on My9. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads
  • Yankeefan91

    So mad Ima miss Tanaka starting on Wednesday vs the Mets i got tickets for Tuesday game i guess it’ll be Wheeler vs Nuno the day off caused me from catching Tanaka pitch live.

    • Mikhel

      I also missed Tanaka in the Angels series in Anaheim due to the changes

  • Mikhel

    I hope your hunch and not mine is the correct, Mike.

    Playball!! Tanaka style!!

  • http://RiverAve.Blues Joseph

    Seems a little strange that Jeter is having these farewell ceremonies with teams he hardly ever played against. I’m having difficulty remembering any classic Jeter vs. the Brewers moments. Whatever.

    Meanwhile, with Tanaka pitching it’s must see tv for me. But I promised my wife I would go see a community concert with her this evening. I already backed out of one of these a few months back and when I asked if one of her girlfriends might want to go she started unleashing guilt arrows at me, so… I guess I’ll set the DVR.

    • Mikhel

      I’d chose any day/night out with my girlfriend over a baseball game (DVR o not), that way… i can shoot those guilt arrows at her whenever I want to (non double entendre… maybe a bit).

      As for Jeter, he played what? Two seasons against the Brewers wheb they were still in the AL? Something like that, so, yeah, few moments, like Jeter vs Astros, or Jeter vs… I do not know, even against Seattle.

  • lightSABR

    Meine Damen und Herren: für Preußen!

    This time let’s win in honor of His Imperial and Royal Majesty William the First, by the Grace of God, German Emperor and King of Prussia. (And Margrave of Brandenburg and lots of other fun things.)

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    Interesting pick by the Giants. Clearly a position of need, but was it the right value?

    • Mikhel

      Uh? Picking Bumgarner to face Maholm? To me it looks like they have a bit of an advantage there.

      • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

        Talking about the NY Giants in the NFL draft.

        • Mikhel

          Oh ok, sorry, baseball time for me, I mostly turn my brain off of other sports during baseball :P

    • vicki

      kiper or mcshay said he’s the best center in the draft. i’m good with it.

      • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

        My only thing is that they probably could have traded back a few spots, maybe added a 3rd or 4th round pick, and still drafted this guy.

        I hope he’ll be the starting center this year.

        • vicki

          intellectually, i appreciate draft maneuvering, game-of-chess stuff, but if jerry wants to address o-line without taking any chances i certainly understand why.

  • vicki

    meals. yippee.

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      Indeed. Watch out, Teix.

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    Ooh. Brewers with the old school unis tonight.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Dropping Jeter in the order may not happen but they really need to drop him vs RHP, hopefully sooner rather than later.

    • RetroRob

      It’s never going to happen.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Fuck Gomez.

  • Mikhel

    Also in spanish:

    Vamos Yankees! Vamos Tanaka!

    A darle a Gallardo!

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Thinking Tanake may be in the middle of a rough patch here

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Infield in in the first inning? Jesus Christ, Girardi sucks so fucking hard.

    • Mikhel

      With a pitcher’s duel like the one we could be watching with the Brewers ace vs Tanaka, it is important to defend and try to avoid runs from scoring at all costs.

      This could very well be a 1-0 duel or a tight game decided by 1 run.

  • Mikhel

    Hahahahs Gómez greeting McCann and making sure everything is good.

  • No 2013 again

    Middle of the plate, called a ball. Wonder if we’ll ever see a good ump this season.

  • No 2013 again

    What a beast!

  • Mikhel

    Woooow Tanaka throwing harder with men in scoring position!! That nasty splitter was 87 and the one before 88… the fastball at 93.

  • vicki

    aramis, dude. you did not look good there.

    • Mikhel

      In his first swing he looked like he asked the umpire where the pitch was, completely overpowered by Masahiro.

    • Mikhel

      Not even Atos, Portos and D’Artagnan could help him there.

  • vicki

    jets took amaro.

    • MartinRanger

      I am extremely pleased with that development.

  • JGYank

    Watching Tanaka is the shit. Splitter looks on so far.

    Also Gomez is a pretty good player.

    • vicki

      he is. and with his power and tanak’s proclivities i’m fine if he walks his every time up.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      He better look good because watching this lineup is torture.

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    something that wouldn’t happen on yes. Milwaukee is interviewing the owner of the Brewers during the game.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Not to mention he is sitting in the seats, not just a box.

  • Mykey

    I hate pitchers batting, but for some reason I’m loving watching Tanaka right now.

  • Mikhel

    Hints of Hideki Matsui in Tanaka’s batting stance.

    • Mykey

      I saw a little Ichiro myself with the way his lead leg was planted. Maybe my imagination though.

      • Mikhel

        Yup, in his swing looked a bit like Ichiro transfering his weight from one leg to the other. Had
        two very hittable pitches but did not swing

  • Mikhel

    I was reading (but cab not access BBRef in my tablet) that Mark Reynolds seems to he the only Yankee to hit a HR in his first and last game as a Yankee, but I can not confirm it, Opera, Chrome and Firefox mark “error in a jscript” trying to use baseball reference and they do not have an app for Android.

    • vicki

      he did indeed. the first was on dubront; last against houston.

      • Mikhel

        Thanks!! Cool stat there, do not know if he is the only Yankee, but at least he did it.

  • No 2013 again

    Jeter hitting second against righties is idiotic.

  • Mikhel

    yup, in his swing looked a bit like Ichiro transfering his weight from one leg to the other. Had two very hittable pitches but did not swing.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Jeter vs RHP is a sad state of affairs

  • Yankeefan91

    am i the only fan that hoped the new Yankee stadium had a roof that open and closes? i understand why the Yankees didn’t want it but as a die hard fan i sure hate when they cancel games.

  • JGYank

    Watching Tanaka hit is interesting and scary at the same time. Hate not having a DH.

    Ells got a hit, and Jeter struck out against a RHP so nothing new there.

  • Mykey

    Gomez suffers from Nunezhelmetitis.

  • Ethan

    I don’t think Michael Kay understands WAR. It’s not an average MLB player, it’s a replacement level player. If it were average MLB player, the average MLB War would be 0. That’s definitely not the case.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      B-Ref actually carried wins above avg in the Play Index. A stat in which half the league (more, really) is negative would look funny though.

      • Ethan

        Interesting. I did not know that. Thanks

      • Mikhel

        I think it would be a better way of comparing players, specially not aversging the player compared to the average and also doing it only with those who have played the same position a player has played.

  • JGYank

    Someone should explain war better to broadcasters. They still need to get the hang of it.
    Hard to believe Gomez was that good last year.

    • RkyMtnYank

      Well it was Kay, so I appreciated the effort.

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    That trivia answer is too easy for me.

  • JGYank

    Gonna be a low scoring game tonight.

  • Mikhel

    Solarte!!!!! when Gallardo looked a bit tired and pitching more offspeed than fastballs and his curve is not as good as Axisa pointed out!!

  • mustang

    SOLAR!!!!

  • Yangervis

    Solarte is a beast.

  • No 2013 again

    SOLARTE!!!!

  • The Guns of Navarone

    FUCK and YES

  • Mykey

    Solarte!

  • JGYank

    Mccann doing good tonight. Got lucky that got by segura. Surprised Beltran went. Solarte!

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    YANGERVIS!!!

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    cut him!

  • Leg-End

    Solarte, mmmmhmmm.

  • vicki

    some swing, that kid.

  • mustang

    That was a SOLAR ECLIPSE !!!!

    Btw

    vicki ;)

  • The Guns of Navarone

    There’s the Yankees I know and love… working the pitch count… getting men on base and hitting the big homer.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      not sure it’s them. To me it seems like this guy is barely throwing any strikes, and many times is just getting lucky the ump calls strikes.

      • Mikhel

        Gallardo looked different, tired, he was blowing air out of his mouth before McCann hit his line drive. Maybe I am wrong but it looked to me like he began to throw his less effective pitches (curves, now that he doesn’t throw as hard).

      • MartinRanger

        I’m sorry, but why is it that when the Yankees can’t hit, it’s their fault, and when they score off one of the better pitchers in the game, it’s because the pitcher is struggling?

        You guys are impossible.

        • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

          Gallardo is in no way one of the better pitcher’s in the game. He is a #3 starter in the nl.

          • The Guns of Navarone

            Gallardo’s not going to win a Cy Young anytime soon but he’s been pretty good for a few years now. He’s been declining for a couple years but the way the Yankees have been hitting this season I’m very pleased with scoring a few runs off a pitcher like Gallardo. If not for that HR they don’t have shit off him and we’re talking about how they’re getting shut down by a pitcher with two pitches who’s having trouble throwing strikes.

  • JGYank

    Tanaka could be 5-0 very soon… Glad we got to gallardo and are making him work. He was doing pretty well until the bomb.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Roberts coming alive is UUUGE

    • mustang

      Only batting .348 for May

  • nycsportzfan

    Solartes beasting!!! Holy crap! And how about BROB?

    • JGYank

      Starting to heat up. Infield looks a little better.

  • JGYank

    The nl, where pitchers striking out is considered strategy.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      he made contact on one of his swings.

    • Mikhel

      With men on base and less than two outs, Jeter striking out is way better than him grounding out for a double play. Same with pitchers, though I prefer to have them bunt with men on base and less than two outs.

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      I have no problem with that strategy with a 4-0 lead when the other team’s starter has thrown close to 80 pitches through 4 innings.

  • Dan in Athens

    Stephen Drew sucks, was never needed and now we can never mention him again.

  • JGYank

    Man what a find solarte was. What a boost. Kind of feel bad for KJ. Should be in there.

    • MartinRanger

      It was probably a stretch to ask him to play a full season’s worth of ABs. 400 or so is a much better proposition. With Roberts and Solarte hitting, it’s probably going to happen.

      This infield has been better than any of us dreamed, even with Jeter’s struggles. Teix looks beastly again.

    • Mikhel

      I think they should be sharing time, or rather rotating, KJ at 3B and Solarte at SS. Kinda like when they had Tony Fernández, Sojo, those types of players who could he regulars but share playing time with similar players.

      The downside? You also need guys with power coming fron the bench to pinch hit for, say, the 8th bat and you need a big blast to tie the game, or sometimes even a deep fly to score a run with a sacrifice fly. Right now they lack one of those.

  • vicki

    fish gotta swim. ain’t that right, mark reynolds?

  • Dan in Athens

    And we live on more night. Handshakes my ass.

  • Dan in Athens

    Prayers for the St. Louis family.

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      What exactly happened?

      • The Guns of Navarone

        His mom died unexpectedly, 63 years old

        • Mikhel

          Sorry, what happened? I am a bit lost here.

          • The Guns of Navarone

            Martin St. Louis of the Rangers (hockey)… his mom died yesterday but he played tonight.

            • Mikhel

              Oh sorry to hear that, and so close to mothers day, damn :/

        • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

          Oh, OK. I saw some of the fighting in the 3rd and thought maybe he got hurt.

  • Captain Turbohiro Tanaka

    Making pitchers bat is barbaric.

    • JGYank

      Can’t forget what happened to wang. The ace was lost from him running the bases.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Fuck’s sake, McCann

  • JGYank

    Solarte shot here?

  • JGYank

    Lineup workin some walks and just got gallardo out of the game. I like it.

  • Wolfgang’s Fault

    Does he Duke pitch to Roberts or walk him to get to Tanaka?

  • Mikhel

    Argh!!! If only Gómez had accepted his suspension beginning tod…nevermind 4-1

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    What the hell just happened?

  • JGYank

    Dam Gomez has been hitting tanaka all night. Plus the helmet falling off reminds me of Nunez.

  • vicki

    gmen, third round: bromley, DT, syracuse.

    • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

      Complete reach according to ESPN’s rankings.

      • vicki

        yep, viewed as a 4-5. but maycock calls him a big run-stuffer. 6’3″, 306. team captain.

        • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

          Meh. Like I said yesterday, Reese needed to nail the first 3 picks. I don’t think he did overall.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    C’mon Tanaker

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    Darvish perfect thur 6

  • The Guns of Navarone

    Wow that 3-2 to Reynolds was way outside

  • Dalek Jeter

    HUGE DOUBLE PLAY

  • vicki

    thanKK you, mark reynolds.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    What a great addition to the game! Having the pitcher bat adds so much strategy!!

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    Even brewer’s announcers don’t agree with that called strikeout.

  • Cheval Anonyme

    Solarte hitting a big HR calls for a Yangervis Solarte Anagram of the Day:

    “Yang Lasers Over It”.

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    Darvish lose perfect on E-9 with 2 outs in 7th.

    no-no intact

    • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

      Easy pop-out fell in when Odor and Rios got confused over who would take it and it dropped right between them blowing attempt perfect game. Darvish with 10Ks

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    Wow, Darvish just lost the perfecto because his defense couldn’t figure out how to catch a ball.

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Does Jeter play SS for them too?

      • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

        It was between the 2B and RF.

  • The Guns of Navarone

    WTF ump?

  • nycsportzfan

    I’m freaking out. I bet the Yanks tonight. 2nd time this yr, and I lost the last time I did it. Come on Thornton, do your job baby!

    • The Guns of Navarone

      Someone’s gettin rich tonight!!

  • vicki

    that was sexy.

  • nycsportzfan

    Oh, I thought they were bringing in Thornton. Warren should of got that strikeout! Fucking idiot umps!

  • Chip Rodriguez

    MCCANNON!

  • nycsportzfan

    HUGE!!!!!!!! Warren your the freaking man!!!

    • The Guns of Navarone

      *You’re

      As in you’re a degenerate gambler :-D

  • Tom

    Nicely done Mr Warren.

    A one run lead in this park is nothing, so cutting off that run with less than 2 out is huge.

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    Big DP there.

  • Mikhel

    If JoeG used Ichiro andwas not a double player shift i am gonna scream so loud he’s gonna hear me in brew city.

  • vicki

    i like when they hit it to the outfield.

  • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

    Darvish has no-no thur 8.

    • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

      Even better, it’s vs the RS.

      • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

        Oh No!

        Not the gritty little engine who could!

        • David N

          Ortiz broke it up with a ground ball through the shift with 2 outs in the 9th.

    • CMed21

      Harold Reynolds going on a rant on MLB Network arguing his ass off how that ball that landed between the 2B and RF was clearly a hit. What an arrogant asshole.

      • Michahiro Pinaka

        Its the Harold Reynolds’ version of no no no donkey.

      • mikhel

        Because it was a hit but th official scorer said it was an error, nobody touched the ball therefore can not be an E. in games like these i would give en error even on the hit in the 9th…

        • Michahiro Pinaka

          According to the MLB rules, the player does not have to touch the ball.

          “It is not necessary that the fielder touch the ball to be charged with an error. If a ground ball goes through a fielder’s legs or a fly ball falls untouched and, in the scorer’s judgment, the fielder could have handled the ball with ordinary effort, the official scorer shall charge such fielder with an error.”

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    can i go down slide too?

  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    Ortiz ruins Yu’s day.

  • Winter

    Darvish pitching to Ortiz with two outs in the ninth…

  • MartinRanger

    Good win! Nice all around effort. Need to win most of Tanaka’s starts going forward. He could step right into that C.C. role we’d been missing during the middle 00′s

  • MartinRanger

    Damn. Darvish has now lost two no-hit bids with 2 outs in the 9th.

    • Steinbrenner’s Ghost
      • MartinRanger

        Nobody will ever forget the Dinosaur Denier’s hit, trust me. Wow, Moose was two away once as well. Still, 1 out away twice? Darvish has to be in some special company of unlucky bastards.

        • mikhel

          fuc’king umpire didnt want to K Everett on a check swing that went through, then hit it towards Knoblauch who was playing LF… fuuuuuucccc’kkkkkk

  • Chip Rodriguez

    Good win. Nice to get into the pen as well. Hopefully we see more of this tomorrow.

  • Ethan

    Nice Yankees win. Darvish should have walked Ortiz.

    • Winter

      You don’t intentionally walk a batter with two outs in the ninth of a no-hitter. You also don’t intentionally walk a batter with two outs in the ninth when you’re up 8-0. You especially don’t walk a batter with two outs in the ninth of a no-hitter when you’re up 8-0.

  • qwerty

    Tanaka has pitched well this season, overall, but I can’t help but feel the league is going to figure him out eventually. He basically lives on one pitch.

    • MartinRanger

      Even if that were true, his splitter is basically 2-3 pitches depending on location and speed, anywhere from the low to high 80s. And his slider isn’t bad either. And he locates his fastball.

      So basically, you’re wrong.

      • mikhel

        too early to know, his fastball is not particularly good nor devastating, and has been hittable.

        I also think the league can catch up to him, but he also looks to be very intelligent and adapts to batters, he is still learning.

        his updated hot/cold zones will be very interesting to check tonight.

        • MartinRanger

          When guys go 5-0 with a 2.57 ERA and a ridiculous 58/7 K/BB ratio in 49 innings, you generally don’t wait for the league to ‘catch up to them.’

          • MartinRanger

            Against quality opponents, I might add. Not the soft schedule that Ubaldo had when he fooled Baltimore into thinking he’d turned his career around.

            Tanaka’s got to leave fewer fastballs up in the zone. That’s about it in terms of adjustments he needs to make. I don’t really expect batters to stop swinging at that splitter, because the whole point of a good splitter is that is looks like a fastball. and you don’t sit back and take low 90s fastballs, you swing at them.

  • vicki

    dotf won’t load.