Yankees Masahiro Tanaka Hurls Two Scoreless Innings


The New York Yankees fell to the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 Sunday afternoon with Masahiro Tanaka taking the mound, followed by a revolving door of pitchers hoping to make the roster.

Tanaka pitched two scoreless innings. He allowed two singles and a walk in the second inning. But he struck out David Lough to keep Philadelphia off of the board. [related category]
The Yankees jumped on top in the third. Rob Refsnyder singled to left field and advanced to second base when Lane Adams drew a walk. Starlin Castro blistered a single to score Refsnyder and give the Yankees a 1-0 lead.

That lead held up until the bottom of the sixth, when the barn door opened up on the relatively quiet afternoon. With Chad Green on the mound for the Yankees, Philadelphia used two sacrifice flies, one by Brock Stassi and the other by Cedric Hunter, to take the lead. Lough then singled to center field to increase the Yankees deficit to 3-1.
The Yankees replaced Green with Branden Pinder to put the fire out. But Andrew Knapp blasted Pinder with a three-run home run to break the game open at 6-1. Pinder was able to get out of the inning without further damage.
In the top of the seventh, the Yankees climbed their way back in. Aaron Judge got it started with a walk. Austin Romine then doubled to send Judge hustling home. Tyler Wade followed with a single to score Romine, bringing the Yankees to within 6-3.
And the drama built as the Yankees got closer in the eighth. The big blow once again came from Romine, who doubled as the Yankees added two more runs to make the score 6-5.
But that was as close as the Yankees would get. Tanaka pitched two innings, allowing no runs on two hits and a walk. He also registered two strike outs.