Masahiro Tanaka allowed three home runs, and lasted only four innings as the Yankee losing streak extends to five in a row.
Tanaka had a strange afternoon, striking out 10 batters and allowing five runs. The promise he showed in his 6⅓ innings in Anaheim seemed to not show up as the home run ball continues to haunt him. He has only four starts this season without giving up a home run.
“It really comes down to a splitter that doesn’t do what its supposed to, a slider that doesn’t do what its supposed to,” manager Joe Girardi told reporters about Tanaka’s struggles. “It’s just part of the game… I believed in him. I’ve seen what he’s done in the past three years.”
The offense only mustered five hits against the A’s staff. Ronald Torreyes collected another two hits, but Mason Williams, Austin Romine and Starlin Castro were the only other Yankees to get into the hit column. The Yankees leadoff through sixth hitters were 1-for-20.
The Yankees were losing essentially from the get-go, as Matt Joyce hit Tanaka’s first pitch of the afternoon into the right field seats. The other two homers came off the bat of A’s DH Ryon Healy.
Adam Rosales and Jed Lowrie added RBI singles in the fourth inning to give the A’s their three-run advantage.
Austin Romine opened the scoring for the Yankees with a single in the second, then Brett Gardner drove in Mason Williams with a sacrifice fly for their second and final run of the day.
The Yankees are thankful for Domingo Germán‘s performance out of the bullpen. He soaked up four innings and navigated around four hits and three walks to keep the A’s at five runs. He threw 79 pitches, which is just three less than what Tanaka threw. With that pitch count, however, the Yankees will most likely option him in favor of a fresh arm.