The 3-Run Homer Spoils Tanaka Tuesday: Tampa 6 NY 3 — Aug 18, 2020

Earl Weaver, manager of the great Baltimore Orioles teams of the early 70’s, once famously said, “The key to winning baseball games is pitching, defense, and 3-run homers”.

And that’s precisely how 2nd-place Tampa beat the 1st-place Yankees last night at the Stadium — rightfielder Brandon Lowe touched Tanaka for a 3-run homer in the 3rd inning to turn a 1-0 game into a 4-0 game, and be the game-winning hit. The Yanks:

  • were eventually down 5-0 on a passed ball by Gary Sanchez in the 4th,
  • pulled to within 5-1 on a Sanchez homer in the bottom of the 4th,
  • were down 6-1 after an Austin Meadows homer off Tanaka in the 5th,
  • pulled to within 6-3 on a Luke Voit homer in the bottom of the 5th,
  • and then the bullpens took over for shutout ball on both sides the rest of the game.

Tampa Pitching

In the end the Yanks did get to Tampa starter Blake Snell — the Sanchez and Voit homers produced 3 runs in the 5 innings Snell pitched. But the Tampa bullpen of Pete Fairbanks, Diego Castillo, Nick Anderson, and Chaz Roe pitched shutout ball for 4 innings.

Yankee Pitching

The Yankee bullpen matched that — Bill Nelson pitched 3 shutout innings (1 hit), and Luis Cessa pitched 2 shutout innings (no hits).

Yankee Defense

Clint Frazier made a terrific throw in the top of the 7th to nail a runner trying to stretch a single into a double and keep Tampa from mounting a rally.

Final Rally

The Yanks had a chance in the bottom of the 7th when they loaded the bases with 1 out against Diego Castillo — Mike Tauchman walked, Clint Frazier singled, Miguel Andujar grounded out moving the runners, and Mike Ford pinch hitting for Thairo Estrada got hit by a pitch — but Luke Voit struck out on a 3-2 pitch that some felt was low, and then Gio Urshela grounded out to end the inning.

And that was the old ballgame.

Some More Yankee Defense

Aaron Hicks made a terrific catch in the 8th in centerfield.


The Yanks are now 16-7; Tampa is now 15-9. Yankee ace Gerrit Cole (4-0 2.78) goes against elite Tampa young pitcher Tyler Glasnow (0-1 7.04) tonite.

So far this season, the Tampa bullpen has a 12-4 record; the Tampa starters have a 2-4 record.

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