Just one game after getting destroyed 19-5 against Cleveland, the Yankees got a solid start from veteran SP Masahiro Tanaka went 6 strong innings allowing 2 runs, 4 hits, with 2 K’s, and ZERO walks.
It was a much needed performance from Tanaka, whom had his splitter and fastball-slider combo working. The 30-year-old couldn’t hide back emotion when asked about his performance.
However, Puig later made up for the error by smashing a seventh-inning homer to right, bringing the Indians back within a run.
The Yankees bullpen took care of business as Tommy Kahnle, Zach Britton, and Aroldis Chapman held the Indians to 3 scoreless innings.
It was Aroldis Chapman’s most impressive save of the season after he retired Jose Ramirez, (3-3, hr) Puig, and Jason Kipnis. Chapman’s 34 saves are most in the MLB.
After two months removed from an oblique injury, Aaron Judge has had his share of struggles at the plate. However, in Friday night’s 3-2 victory over Cleveland, he seemed to be getting back to form.
Judge lined a single to left in his first at-bat and doubled to right field in his third time up. He also walked in the seventh inning, finishing 2-for-3.
Entering Friday, Judge was batting .151 in his last 20 games (11-for-73) with just one home run and four RBI.
The Yankees will face off in game 3 against the Indians at 1:05pm as James Paxton takes the mound against Zach Plesac. Catch all the action right here on 640 The Hurricane!