Tanaka Strikes Out the Cubs – Yankees 3, Cubs 0

Game Thirteen: Cubs 0, Yankees 3

WP – Masahiro Tanaka (2-1) LP – Jason Hammel (2-1) Save – Shawn Kelley (4)

The Cubs did absolutely nothing against Masahiro Tanaka in game one of the day-night doubleheader in The Bronx on Wednesday afternoon. The Cubs managed three hits (two bunt singles) and were shutout for the third time this season. The Yankees took game one by a 3-0 final despite a very good outing from Jason Hammel.

The Yankees scored single runs off Jason Hammel in the first, fourth and fifth innings. Carlos Beltran gave Masahiro Tanaka all the run support he would need with a solo home run in the first inning. Hammel labored through a 27-pitch fourth inning that led to the Yankees second run after a single, a walk, a single and a sacrifice fly. The Yankees third run scored in the fifth after Junior Lake misplayed a ball in left that allowed Brett Gardner to reach on a groundrule double to start the inning. Hammel retired the Yankees in order in the sixth and seventh innings to close out his day.

Jason Hammel allowed three runs on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts. Hammel threw 104 pitches, 64 for strikes, over seven innings and notched another quality start.

Justin Grimm and Wesley Wright combined on a scoreless eighth.

The Cubs offense managed only three baserunners in eight innings and a total of four for the game. Junior Lake (1-for-3) and Anthony Rizzo (2-for-4) both recorded bunt singles off of Masahiro Tanaka … and Justin Ruggiano (0-for-2 with a walk) walked. Tanaka retired 14 batters in a row before Rizzo led off the seventh with a bunt single with half of those outs coming via the strikeout (7). Rizzo singled in the ninth off of Yankees’ closer Shawn Kelley, the Cubs only hit on the afternoon out of the infield.

Masahiro Tanaka tied a career high with 10 strikeouts on Wednesday and set a new career high in innings pitched (8) in his third big league start. Tanaka threw 107 pitches, 76 for strikes, and the Cubs made very little solid contact against Tanaka in eight innings.

Rick Renteria challenged a call on a close play at first base in the second inning that led to a Junior Lake bunt attempt being overturned for the Cubs’ first hit of the game. Renteria challenged a call on a bang-bang play in the seventh inning on a ball hit by Nate Schierholtz. The call was upheld on a possible would be infield single. Renteria is 4-for-7 on challenges so far this season.

With Wednesday afternoon’s loss, the Cubs still have not won a game at Yankee Stadium (0-8) and dropped to 4-9 on the season.

The Cubs managed only a Justin Ruggiano walk in the first inning. Masahiro Tanaka threw 14 pitches in the first, nine for strikes.

Jason Hammel retired Brett Gardner on a fly out to left center (3-2 pitch) for the first out in the Yankees’ first. Carlos Beltran pulled a 1-1 pitch over the wall in right and gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Jacoby Ellsbury followed Beltran’s homer with a double to left. But Hammel retired Alfonso Soriano (fly out to center) and Brian McCann (swinging strikeout) to end the inning. Jason Hammel threw 17 pitches in the first inning, 12 for strikes.

At the end of one complete, the Cubs trailed 1-0.

Masahiro Tanaka took control of the Cubs’ offense and struck out five batters in the first four innings. Tanaka threw 58 pitches , 39 for strikes, and led 1-0 after three and half innings.

Jason Hammel struck out Alfonso Soriano swinging to start the fourth. Brian McCann singled to right. Hammel walked Yangervis Solarte and put men on first and second with one out. Kelly Johnson singled to right. McCann held at third with one down. Dean Anna hit a fly ball into right center. Justin Ruggiano caught the ball and made a strong throw to the plate. McCann slid in safe … 2-0 Yankees. Hammel struck out Scott Sizemore swinging to end the inning. Hammel really labored in the fourth. It took him 27 pitches to record three outs (67 pitches, 40 strikes) in the fourth inning.

The Yankees took a 2-0 lead into the fifth.

Brett Gardner led off the fifth with a groundrule double to left. Junior Lake misplayed the ball into a leadoff double. Carlos Beltran grounded out to Castro in the shift behind second base. Gardner advanced to third. Jacoby Ellsbury hit a tapper to the right side of the mound. Gardner broke for home and scored as Hammel threw out Ellsbury at first base. Homeplate umpire, Jim Reynolds called catcher’s interference on Baker and asked Joe Girardi what he wanted to do. By rule, Girardi could either have the run score and the batter is out at first or the batter would be awarded first base but the runner at third would have to return. Girardi took the run, 3-0 Yankees. Soriano grounded out to third to end the inning.

The Yankees took a 3-0 lead into the sixth … and that is the way the game ended. Jason Hammel was solid but the offense could not make contact against Masahiro Tanaka.

The second game of the day-night doubleheader in the Bronx begins at 6:05pm CDT … Travis Wood against Michael Pineda.

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  • brent carmona

    Let’s play two!

  • paulcatanese

    Good effort by Hammel, but the Cubs ran into a buzzsaw with Tanaka, hard to win if they don’t score.

  • Eugene Debs

    Wow, Tanaka went 8 innings on only 107 pitches? Yuck for us, but what a day for that dude. Sure would be sweet if we had him.

    Hammel held his own and has been a nice surprise thus far. Solid pickup. I am starting to like him, so he might want to keep his bags packed.

    Let’s go get game #2 boys, we could use the positive mojo.

    And how about some runs?

  • Denver Mike

    Tanaka’s line is even crazier when you consider that both hits were bunt singles. I was listening on the radio from work so I didn’t get to see his stuff, but Ron Coomer kept mentioning the life on his splitter, and his deceptive delivery making it tough to tell the fastballs from his off-speed stuff.