CINCINNATI — The New York Yankees travelled to Cincinnati on Monday to take on the Reds after their marathon game against the Cubs. Masahiro Tanaka didn’t have his best stuff, but was still able to preserve the bullpen as he went seven innings in the 10-4 win.
The Yankees’ ace allowed 10 hits and three earned runs on the night, but did strike out six in his 112-pitch outing. Following a night where every bullpen pitcher except one was used, Yankees manager Joe Girardi was expecting Tanaka to go deep into this game and the Japanese righty answered the call.
Rookie Davis got the nod for the Reds but was roughed up early by the hungry Yankee bats. The Yankees scored three runs in the first inning behind the bats of Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius as the offense showed no signs of slowing down.
The Yankees did not relinquish the lead the entire game and tacked on more runs to make it an easy victory. Brett Gardner and Matt Holliday each hit a HR in the eighth inning to put the Yankees up 10-4.
The only sign of life for the Reds was first baseman, Joey Votto. Votto went 2-4 at the plate with a HR and 3 RBI.
Tyler Clippard and Tommy Layne each pitched an inning in relief and allowed only one hit combined in their two innings of work. Tanaka’s ability to go deep into the game proved vital to the Yankee bullpen as neither Chapman nor Betances needed to be used.
The Yankees are now 21-9 on the season and have won six straight games. This marks their best start since 2010 and they will look to continue their hot streak when CC Sabathia takes the mound against Tim Adleman. If the Yankees beat the Reds, they will head home to Yankee Stadium boasting a seven game winning streak against one of the top teams in the American League, the Houston Astros.
Win- Masahiro Tanaka
Loss- Rookie Davis