New York Yankees first year pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was shelled heavily by the Cleveland Indians (44-45) on Tuesday in losing 5-3 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. Tanaka, who is increasingly looking more and more vulnerable now that teams in the Major Leagues are getting a second crack at him after having played him once, had his worst outing of the season in giving up 10 hits, 5 earned runs and 2 home runs in 6.2 innings of play before Yankees manager Joe Girardi pulled him from then game in the 7th.
By that time it was too late, as Tanaka had given up the Yankees 3-1 lead in letting the Indians score 4 runs from then 5th inning until the 7th when he was given the hook by Girardi.
The Yankees didn’t give Tanaka much in the way of run support in scoring just 3 runs in the game off of Indians starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (3-4). And once he was out of the game in the 8th, the Yankees were baffled by Indians relief pitchers Bryan Shaw and Shawn Kelley, both of which shut the Yankees out without giving up a hit or a walk.
The Yankees failure to put up many runs in this game has been a pattern that we’ve seen from this offensively woeful team all season, as they put most of their off season work in building up their pitching staff at the expensive of their hitters in a move that begged for trouble. It’s fine to build a team around a good pitching staff, but when the pitchers you get are less than All Star quality, then you’re asking for trouble.
Bauer (3-4) pitched 7 innings in giving up 3 runs with 2 of them being earned runs while striking out 6 and walking one. He lowers his season ERA to 4.23.
Indians center fielder Michael Brandtley went 3 for 4 with 1 home run. 1st baseman Nick Swisher hit a 2-run homer in the 6th inning to put the Indians up 4-3.