Masahiro Tanaka‘s spit finger fastball hasn’t been splitting this year — but he’s still been pitching well utilizing his other pitches. It is said he uses his split-finger fastball 25% of the time. In this game, his sinker didn’t sink, and he gave up the 4 runs in the 1st inning — 3 on a 3-run homer by Eric Hosmer, before settling down for 5 shutout innings — finishing with 6 innings, 4 runs allowed.
It was too much.
Yankees Come Back
Gary Sanchez got the Yanks on the board with a homer in the 4th, and DJ LeMahieu singled in 2 runs in the 7th, and Aaron Hicks drove in a run with a fielder’s choice in the 7th to cut the lead to 5-4. But with bases loaded, 2 out, Gary Sanchez flied out to left and that was it.