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Masahiro Tanaka Throws Four Hit Shutout Against New York Mets

May 14th, 2014 at 10:47 PM
By Mike Phillips

New York-The Subway Series had been going the New York Mets' way for their past six meetings with the New York Yankees. The Mets had outhit the Yankees and outpitched them as well. The Mets ran into a buzzsaw Wednesday night, however, in the form of Japanese rookie sensation Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka demonstrated why the Yankees 155 million dollar investment in him has been worth every penny so far, tossing a complete game shutout as the Yankees (20-19) beat the Mets (19-20) 4-0.

'Rafael Montero' photo (c) 2014, slgckgc - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Tanaka's tremendous outing spoiled the major league debut of Mets' starting pitcher Rafael Montero. The Yankees got the first run of the game off of Montero (0-1, 4.50 ERA) in the top of the second inning. Montero had a man on first base with two outs when Brian Roberts hit a sinking line drive to left field. Eric Young tried to make a diving catch but missed it, allowing the ball to roll all the way to the wall. Yankees' third baseman Yangervis Solarte came around to score on the play, making it a 1-0 lead for the visitors. The play was poorly thought out by Young, who took an unnecessary risk with Tanaka due up to the plate after Roberts. If Young let the ball fall in front of him, the run likely does not come around to score. The Yankees added home runs in the fourth (from Solarte) and sixth (from Mark Teixeira) innings to make it a 3-0 lead. Montero pitched well in his major league debut, going six innings and allowing only three runs on five hits while walking two and striking out three.

While Montero was good, Tanaka was simply much better. Tanaka (6-0, 2.17 ERA) went the distance, allowing only four hits and striking out eight Mets' hitters on the night. Tanaka didn't walk a batter either, making life difficult for the Mets' offense. The Mets only got two runners into scoring position the entire evening as Tanaka used his devastating splitter to toy with the Mets' lineup. 

Player of the Game:

Today's Player of the Game award goes to Masahiro Tanaka, who threw a shutout to snap a three game losing streak for the Yankees.

Post Game Notes:

  • Derek Jeter drove in the fourth Yankees run with an infield single in the top of the seventh inning.
  • The Yankees snapped a six game losing streak to the Mets.
  • Brett Gardner and Roberts each collected two hits for the Yankees.

What's Next:

The Mets and Yankees will conclude the 2014 Subway Series tomorrow night at Citi Field. The pitching matchup will feature two pitchers making their major league debuts. The Mets will send Jacob DeGrom to the mound in place of the injured Dillon Gee, while the Yankees will counter with right hander Chase Whitley. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 pm.

Tags: Baseball, Brett Gardner, Brian Roberts, Mark Teixeira, Masahiro Tanaka, MLB, New York, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Rafael Montero, Subway Series, Yangervis Solarte

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