Tanaka’s win-streak snapped as Yanks fall to Cubs 6-1

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Well, the win streak had to end sometime, didn’t it?

Masahiro Tanaka had his worst start of the season, but he gave up four runs. On a normal night, it could have been another win if the Yankees offense was working, but with Jason Hammel and the Cubs bullpen pitching, it ended up being a 6-1 loss at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois

Tanaka went six innings giving up four runs (three earned) on eight hits while striking out seven. The Yankees bullpen didn’t help matters either–while they were sharp during the Pirates and Mets series, the bullpen had a slight hiccup. Preston Claiborne gave up two runs on two hits while facing a batter, Matt Thornton retired his batter and Matt Daley pitched an inning and a third of scoreless ball.

The Yankees lone run came in the sixth when Brett Gardner doubled, moved to third and scored on an RBI single by Mark Teixeira. Gardner finished the game with a .303 batting average and Mark Teixeira notched his 23rd RBI of the year.

What’s Next?

– The Yankees are going to rely on rookie Chase Whitley to prevent the Cubs from sweeping them at Wrigley Field. Jeff Samardzija will pitch for the Cubs as he searches for his first win of the season. First pitch is at 2:20 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.

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One Response to Tanaka’s win-streak snapped as Yanks fall to Cubs 6-1

  1. Robert Rufa says:

    Yes Tanaka's win streak had to come to an end, but why against the Cubs? When he got win #6 I ventured that it was safe to say he was the real deal, then crossed my fingers that I didn't jinx him. I should have waited till the season was over and he had 20 in the bank.