When the Yankees are desperate for a win they know who they can rely on: Masahiro Tanaka.
The amount of hype surrounding the arrival of the Japanese pitcher seems justified now as he led the Yankees 4-0 victory against the Mets to give his side a chance of saving the Subway Series.
The off-season signing pitched a shutout to the Mets, who had hit 21 runs in the first two games of the series. But it was the first time the Mets had faced Tanaka and clearly their game plan failed as they rarely troubled the pitcher. The Yankees will wish the Japanese pitcher could play every game after poor performances from the supporting roster and injuries to a number of other pitchers.
Yangervis Solarte and Mark Teixeira continued to provide solid hits for the Yanks, both homering while Brain Roberts grabbed a pair of triples.
The victory ended the Mets six game winning streaks against the intercity rivals, stretching back to their 4-0 whitewash in 2013.
Tanaka was able to avoid a single walker, struck out eight and even chipped in with the bat after grabbing a ninth-innings single.
The pitcher became the first Yankees rookie to throw a shutout since Orlando Hernandez, who completed the feat in September 1998 against Boston.
Tanaka’s work ended the Yankees four-game losing streak and gave them a 20-19 record in the regular season, while the Mets slipped to 19-20.
In January Tanaka signed for the Yankees on a seven-year contract worth $155 million.
It seems the adaptation to America has been a breeze form Tanaka after he left Japan undefeated since August 18th 2012. This record has spanned 42 starts between Japan and America, proving the big money signing by the Yankees was worth the money.
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