Tanaka Falters, Yankees Leave 10 On Base in Loss

The Yankees couldn’t pull out a victory in their series finale in Baltimore, falling 10-4 to the Orioles.

Another seven run outing from Masahiro Tanaka proved too much for the Yankees offense to top. The Yankees got multi-hit games out of Aaron Judge, Starlin Castro and Rob Refsnyder, but ultimately left 10 men on base. The Yankees got one RBI apiece from Aaron Hicks, Matt Holliday and Brett Gardner.

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Adam Jones clearly wasn’t rusty after sitting out the first two games of the series with ankle and hip injuries. The O’s veteran center fielder went 3-for-5 with a double, home run and five RBIs. The Orioles got all of their other production from their reliable big bats: Mark Trumbo (3 RBI) and Chris Davis (2 RBI).

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The theory that Austin Romine is a better catcher than Gary Sánchez for Tanaka now doesn’t seem to make sense. Simply put, the catcher does not affect how much a pitcher’s slider spins, and a catcher cannot make sure fastballs always hit their spot. It has become clear that Tanaka’s struggles are mechanical. After a flash of brilliance in his last start, the Yankees are left scratching their heads once again. The man thought to be the one sure thing in the starting rotation is now the biggest question mark.

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