Gosh, that was so close to being a perfect West Coast trip. The Yankees went 4-2 in the six games, and they allowed only two runs in one loss and held a two-run lead in the other loss. Blah. They beat the Mariners in Wednesday afternoon’s series finale by the score of 5-0. Good game. Would watch again. I’m still out of town, so let’s bullet point this recap one more time:
- Normal Rest? No Problem: More brilliance from Masahiro Tanaka. Yawn. He allowed one walk, one double, and five singles in seven scoreless innings Wednesday while striking out five and getting ten outs on the ground. Tanaka now has a 3.11 ERA and a 3.23 FIP in 168 total innings this season. As of this writing, he’s fourth among all pitchers in fWAR. Tanaka is somehow elite and underrated despite being a Yankee. What a world.
- Yo Soy Gary: This Gary Sanchez stuff is getting a little crazy. This is “video game on rookie” stuff. Sanchez hit another home run, his eighth in the last ten games, to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the first. In the later innings the Mariners intentionally walked him twice. Sanchez is the first player to be intentionally walked twice in a game within the first 21 games of his career since … Brian McCann. Spooky. He’s the first Yankees to be intentionally walked twice in a game since Robinson Cano in 2013.
- Chip Away: The Yankees built their 5-0 lead by scoring one run in five separate innings. Tyler Austin and Mark Teixeira drove in runs with singles, and Brett Gardner and Starlin Castro drove in runs with sac flies. The Yankees had nine hits and five walks in their nine offensive innings. Sanchez (homer, double, two walks) reached base four times. Gardner, Teixeira, and Aaron Hicks each reached base twice.
- Leftovers: Tyler Clippard (two outs) and Dellin Betances (four outs) closed out the game after Tanaka … Ronald Torreyes went 1-for-4 in the game and 9-for-16 on the trip. He had two hard-hit balls turn into outs Wednesday too … Aaron Judge went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in the game and 1-for-18 with nine strikeouts on the road trip. No surprise the 6-foor-7 dude needs a little adjustment period … and finally, congrats to Joe Girardi. This was his 800th win as Yankees manager.
Here are the box score, video highlights, and updated standings. Check out our Bullpen Workload and Announcer Standings pages too. The West Coast trip is over and the Yankees have an off-day Thursday. They’ll then have a quick three-game weekend homestand with the Orioles. Right now both pitchers are listed as TBA for Friday night’s opener. Luis Cessa and Yovani Gallardo line up to pitch that day, for what it’s worth.
Minor League Update: Since I’m still out of town, I’m going to take the easy way out tonight. Here are the box scores and here’s the short version: Mason Williams and Jake Cave each had three hits, Ben Gamel and Clint Frazier had two hits, Luis Severino allowed four runs in 5.2 innings, Dustin Fowler had two hits, Chance Adams struck out ten in 4.1 innings, Yefrey Ramirez struck out eight in eight one-hit innings, and the trio of Blake Rutherford, Dermis Garcia, and Isiah Gilliam went deep.