New York Yankees Recap: Tanaka Brilliant in 3-1 Victory Over Mariners


On a beautiful Wednesday afternoon in Seattle, Masahiro Tanaka  pitched brilliantly in his return from the DL as the New York Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1 to sweep the series.

Tanaka (3-1 ) who had not pitched since April 23rd after a DL stint tendinitis and a forearm strain looked dominant this afternoon striking out a season high nine batters and retiring 13 in a row before being removed in the 8th. Tanaka pitched seven innings giving up only three hits and one run. For Seattle, Taijuan Walker (2-6) who was coming off one of his best starts looked sharp as well, but gave up a solo home run to Mark Teixeira in the 2nd inning and a two-run home run to Garrett Jones in the fourth inning. Walker pitched eight solid innings, but takes the loss.

Tanaka gave the Mariners very few chances to score. Their lone run came in the third inning when  Brad Miller led off the inning with a triple and Dustin Ackley doubled  to score Miller. Seattle tied the game at 1-1, but the scoring threat was ended when Ramon Flores showed his arm strength gunning down Ackley at the plate. Tanaka struck out former Yankee prospect Austin Jackson to end the inning.

Jun 3, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; New York Yankees third base coach Joe Espada (54) slaps hands with New York Yankees right fielder Garrett Jones (33) after Jones hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

The Mariners did not have another scoring chance until the 8th inning when Chris Capuano relieved Tanaka and allowed a single to Justin Ruggiano. Andrew Miller replaced Capuano and  gave many fans Houdini flashbacks as he loaded the bases by hitting Rickie Weeks and a four-pitch walk to Mike Zunino before striking out Logan Morrison and getting Jackson to ground into a force to end the scoring threat.

Walker was relieved by Charlie Furbush in the top of the 9th. Miller notched his 17th save of the year.

It wasn’t all good news for the Yankees as C Brian McCann left after the first inning with right foot soreness and is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Thursday. He was replaced by John Ryan Murphy. Reliever David Carpenter who has been pitching ineffectively was designated for assignment before Wednesday’s game to make room for Tanaka.

The Yankees (29-25) will  have an off day on Thursday, June 4th but will return to the Bronx to face the Los Angeles Angels (28-25) on Friday, June 5th. Adam Warren (3-4) will get the start against and Angels pitcher TBA that game is scheduled for a 7:05 start time.

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