MLB Game Recap - Tampa Bay at NY Yankees
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

TB
0
NYY
3
F
LAA
10
TOR
5
F
HOU
2
CIN
3
F
NYM
3
ATL
12
F
CLE
2
TEX
7
F
BOS
2
MIN
0
F
MIA
0
STL
5
F
BAL
2
OAK
3
F
MIL
0
SD
2
F
KC
6
SEA
4
F
SF
3
LAD
2
F
PHI
WAS
PPD

June 17, 2019 7:05 PM

Final

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Tampa Bay (43-29)

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NY Yankees (44-27)

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8

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W: Tanaka (5-5)

L: Chirinos (7-3)

TB - HR: none

NYY - HR: LeMahieu (8) , Maybin (4)

Tanaka Ks 10 in 2-hitter, Yankees blank Rays 3-0 to up lead
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:34 AM

NEW YORK (AP) At the start of a tough week for his team, Masahiro Tanaka made things look easy on the mound against the Tampa Bay Rays again.

Tanaka pitched a career-best two-hitter with 10 strikeouts for his fourth major league shutout, and the New York Yankees beat Tampa Bay 3-0 on Monday night to increase their slim lead in the AL East.

"You could tell he could smell the finish line," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "Big-time performance to kick off this series for us."

DJ LeMahieu hit a two-run homer off Yonny Chirinos, and Cameron Maybin went deep in his career-high third consecutive game. That was all a dominant Tanaka (5-5) needed while throwing 76 of 111 pitches for strikes in New York's first complete game since his gem at Tampa Bay last July.

Edwin Encarnacion received an enthusiastic ovation from fans in his Yankees debut after being acquired from Seattle in a trade late Saturday night. Batting fifth as the designated hitter, the veteran slugger went 0 for 4 with a strikeout his first time up.

"It's very exciting to wear the uniform," he said through a translator.

New York won the opener of a three-game series and moved 1 1/2 games ahead of second-place Tampa Bay. Once the Rays leave town, AL West-leading Houston arrives for four games.

Tanaka has won consecutive starts for the first time winning three in a row last September. He's gone the distance seven times since coming over from Japan before the 2014 season.

But in a bit of a surprise, he felt he got lucky in this one.

"My pitches weren't as sharp as I wanted them to be," Tanaka said through a translator.

Maybin, his days in pinstripes perhaps numbered, finished 3 for 3 with two singles. He homered leading off the fifth inning and scored on LeMahieu's two-out shot in the third.

Tanaka retired his first nine batters before Austin Meadows singled sharply off the right field wall to start the fourth. A two-out single in the fifth by Willy Adames was Tampa Bay's only other hit.

"He didn't miss any spots. He was very precise," Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe said. "I feel like every time he's come out against us, he's had really good stuff and it was almost like tonight was a little bitter than the rest and you have to tip your cap to him. He was better than us tonight."

Tanaka walked only one and set down the final 10 Rays batters, striking out six. He improved to 4-2 with a 1.29 ERA in seven starts against the Rays since July 28, 2017 - including a three-hit shutout last July 24.

"After the fourth inning, everything clicked," Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez said. "What else can you ask for from Tanaka? An amazing job."

This season, the right-hander has allowed one earned run in 22 innings versus Tampa Bay. He is 2-0 with 23 strikeouts in three outings.

"He's got our number right now. We have to do a better job of making some adjustments, not being afraid to change up some routines, whatever, when you walk up to the plate. Because whatever he's doing and whatever we're doing is not working," Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said.

"He's got a knack for pitching to the edges and getting a lot of soft contact on some pitches that you probably would not offer at. But maybe a little bit more of a less-aggressive approach might help."

Chirinos (7-3) gave up five hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked one.

RARE GEM

Tanaka has three of New York's past five complete games, beginning with his five-hitter against Toronto on Aug. 15, 2015.

The only other two-hitter by a Yankees pitcher since the start of 2009 was thrown by Hiroki Kuroda against Texas in August 2012. The last New York hurler to toss a two-hitter with at least 10 strikeouts was Mike Mussina in September 2002 against Tampa Bay.

GREAT DEFENSE

Shifted over from third base, LeMahieu made a diving stop up the middle to begin a slick force play that drew an appreciative bow from a clapping Tanaka.

POWER COMPANY

New York has homered in 20 straight games, the second-longest streak in team history.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: RHP Tyler Glasnow (right forearm strain) threw off a mound Saturday and is expected to do so again Tuesday or Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees: OF Giancarlo Stanton is set to come off the injured list Tuesday. He has been sidelined since March 31 with biceps, shoulder and calf injuries. To open a roster spot, New York optioned OF Mike Tauchman to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. ... RF Aaron Judge (left oblique strain) is rehabbing at Triple-A and could be back in a few days. When he returns, Maybin might be the odd man out in a roster crunch. The journeyman outfielder is batting .400 (12 for 30) with two doubles, three homers, four RBIs and 10 runs in his last eight games.

UP NEXT

Left-hander J.A. Happ (6-3, 4.66 ERA) pitches the second game of the series for the Yankees on Tuesday night. Tampa Bay plans to start RHP Ryne Stanek (0-1, 2.45) as an opener.

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Pitchers of Record

Tampa Bay IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
Y. Chirinos (L, 7-3) 6 5 3 1 6 4.50 1.000
NY Yankees IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
M. Tanaka (W, 5-5) 9 2 0 1 10 0.00 0.333

Batting Leaders

Tampa Bay AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
W. Adames 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.3
A. Meadows 3 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.3
NY Yankees AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
C. Maybin 3 3 2 1 1 0 6 0 6.0
B. Gardner 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.8

Team Comparison

TB NYY
At Bats 28 31
Hits 2 8
Batting Average .071 .258
On Base Percentage .103 .303
Slugging Percentage 0.071 0.484
Doubles 0 1
Triples 0 0
Home Runs 0 2
Total Bases 2 15
Walks 1 2
Strikeouts 10 9
Stolen Bases 0 0
Caught Stealing 1 0
Runners Left On Base 2 6
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 0/0 1/6
Double Plays Fielded 2 2
Errors 1 0

2019 Regular Season - NYY Leads Series 5-2

Date Result Winner Loser
Fri May 10 NYY 4 @ TB 3 D. Germán T. Glasnow
Sat May 11 NYY 2 @ TB 7 Y. Chirinos J. Holder
Sun May 12 NYY 7 @ TB 1 M. Tanaka B. Snell
Fri May 17 TB 3 @ NYY 4 J. Holder J. Alvarado
Sat May 18 TB 2 @ NYY 1 H. Wood L. Cessa
Sun May 19 TB 5 @ NYY 13 A. Ottavino D. Castillo
Mon Jun 17 TB 0 @ NYY 3 M. Tanaka Y. Chirinos

Game Information

Stadium: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
Attendance: 39,042
Game Time: 2:34
Weather: 76F, Cloudy
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?