Tanaka Goes The Distance As Yankees End Losing Streak
May 14, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) pitches during the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
There are few true aces in the game of baseball. Clayton Kershaw is one. Felix Hernandez is the other. Its only mid-May, but slowly, but surely Masahiro Tanaka is knocking on the door of true ace status. Tanaka improved to 6-0, pitching his first MLB complete game shutout as the Yankees beat the Mets 4-0.
The Yanks got on the board in the second when Yangervis Solarte walked off rookie Rafael Montero and Brian Roberts followed with a triple. Solarte added to it in the fourth with his fourth homer of the year.
Mark Teixeira led off the sixth with his eighth homer of the year.
The Yanks would tack on an insurance run in the seventh. With two out Brett Gardner singled, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch. Derek Jeter would drive him in with an infield single.
Two pitchers will make their major league debut tomorrow as the Yankees go for the split. Chase Whitley will face Jacob deGrom at 7:10 ET