Jun 11, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) gives recognition to fans as he walks back to the locker room following a 4-2 complete game victory against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Yankee rookie Masahiro Tanaka shines again in win over Blue Jays

New York Yankee “rookie” righthander Masahiro Tanaka continued in his dominance of Major League Baseball again tonight.  This time Tanaka’s victim was the Toronto Blue Jays.

Tanaka went six brilliant innings, giving up a run on five hits and two walks while striking out ten.  This is his second consecutive double digit strikeout game, and his fifth of the season.

Tanaka picked up the win in the Yankees’ 3-1 victory.  He now has a five start winning streak.

The 25-year-old Japanese import now boasts an impressive 11-1 record with a stellar 1.99 ERA and 0.95 WHIP.  He has 113 strikeouts in 99.2 innings pitched while walking just 16 batters.

Tanaka is the odds-on favorite for AL Rookie of the Year (sorry Jose Abreu), and is looking like the favorite to start the All Star Game for the American League in Minneapolis in about a month.

Blue Jay rookie Marcus Stroman was the loser tonight, lasting only 3.2 innings.  He gave up only two runs, but allowed four hits and three walks.

The Yankees got on the first got on the board in the bottom of the third inning when center fielder Brett Gardner hit a two run homer off of Stroman.

The Yankees other run was scored in the bottom of the fifth when Mark Teixeira singled in Derek Jeter off of Toronto reliever Aaron Loup.

The Blue Jays lone run was a leadoff home run by Jose Reyes to open the game.

Tanaka’s next start will come Sunday afternoon against the Baltimore Orioles at home where he will go for his sixth consecutive win.



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  • Jim Harper

    Despite the amount of cash the Yankees had to pay to acquire Tanaka he is looking like a bargain at twice the price. It’s hard to believe he is only 25 years old. He is so mature and quietly confidant in his demeanor. He is the complete package. Not only do you expect him to win every time out, but to do so with usually poor run support. I am amazed at how well he fields his position as this last game against Toronto vividly displayed. We are lucky to have him.

    • JoeDaBeast

      I just truly hope it is not a case of teams have not caught up to Tanaka yet. It’ll be evident when he faces teams for the second and third times. Nomo and Dice-K were also unhittable their first MLB season, but hitters quickly caught up to their motion and technique.

      • Jim Harper

        I don’t think that is the case. This was the Blue Jays second time through with identical results and they have probably the best team of hitters in the league, and it is not about his delivery. It is the same all the time whether it is his 95mph fastball or his sinker which I have never seen one where the bottom drops out like his does.

        • JoeDaBeast

          Then the true test will be the third time around AND if they are the best hitting team, then not being able to adjust would negate that “best hitting team” tag.