In almost every Masahiro Tanaka start, he tends to struggle early and is locked in towards the end. Tonight’s start was quite the opposite in the sense he struggled late and dominated early. However, the Yankees had given him a lead at the time and they refused to look back as they defeated the Brewers 5-3 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Tanaka went 6.1 innings, giving up two runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts while keeping the Brewers hitters off balance. Adam Warren came in the game and pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless ball. David Robertson took the ball in the ninth and despite giving up a home run to Mark Reynolds, he was able to save his sixth game of the season.
The Yankees bats were quiet until the fourth inning when Yangervis Solarte hit a three-run home run into the right field bullpen. The Yankees later scored in that inning when Brian Roberts drove in Brett Gardner for the fourth run. The Yankees scored their final run in the eighth inning on an RBI ground out by Mark Teixeira, scoring Ichiro Suzuki, who was pinch-running for Carlos Beltran.
– CC Sabathia will take the mound against his former team, trying to bounce back from his last start and bringing the Yankees to a series win. Kyle Lohse will oppose the Yankees and will take the mound for the Brewers. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.