SEATTLE — In a battle between Japanese starters, Masahiro Tanaka thoroughly outdueled Yusei Kikuchi as the Yankees took home another victory, 7-0, in Seattle.
Tanaka was the star of the night, going seven strong, while giving up just three hits and no runs. It was a gem from the right-hander as he looks to string together some strong performances heading into the post-season.
To open the scoring against Kikuchi, Aaron Judge launched another home run to deep in center field for a first inning 2-0 lead for the Bombers. More significantly, however, it was a milestone for Judge as the long ball was the 100th of his career.
Adding to the scoring was Brett Gardner, who clubbed a Kikuchi pitch to right field for a three-run shot. That extended the Yankee lead to 5-0 and with the way Tanaka was pitching, essentially put the game out of reach for Seattle.
Austin Romine drove in a run each in the fifth and ninth innings to finish the win for New York. Luis Cessa pitched two shutout innings to relieve Tanaka and seal the win.
This was a great all-around win for the Bombers as they dominated in all aspects from start to finish.
James Paxton and Justus Sheffield face-off tomorrow in a must see match-up that features two left-handers that were traded for one another this past winter.