Masahiro Tanaka tossed a dud and the bullpen didn't stop the bleeding as the Yankees dropped the second game of their series with the Rangers, 12-7, in the Bronx. >> Box score
1) Tanaka had been doing well in four straight starts heading into tonight, but his command was noticeably off. And the Rangers made him pay. He allowed six runs on six hits, including three homers over five innings. He also issued three walks.
2) History was made tonight, but it wasn't the kind the Yankees wanted to happen to them. Ronald Guzman became the first Rangers rookie to homer three times in one game. And Guzman didn't just go off tonight, but he has owned the Yankees all season. He had three homers in his 13 at-bats against the Bombers entering tonight, and obviously added to that total.
3) The Yankees didn't slack in their own offense tonight despite taking the loss. Austin Romine went 3-for-4, collecting three RBI along the way with a solo homer and two-run single. Didi Gregorius went 3-for-5 with two runs and Brett Gardner launched a homer as well.
4) Only Zach Britton didn't allow a run out of the bullpen. AJ Cole gave up four runs -- two earned -- over two innings, while Chad Green allowed his own two runs in the eighth.
Tanaka and the Yankees' rotation had been cruising along, but the wheels came off abruptly in this one.
Before the three-run fourth inning, Tanaka had allowed just one run in his last 25 innings dating back to July 15, and he looked like he was off to a good start tonight. Tanaka had been able to curtail the number of home runs allowed during the stretch, but his bugaboo struck twice in the inning. He allowed a third homer, and eventually coughed up six runs en route to his first loss in his last 15 starts.
The Yankees offense did its best to claw back into the game, racking up seven runs on 10 hits, but A.J. Cole and Chad Green couldn't contain the Rangers. Both Cole and Green have struggled of late, which does not bode well for a club that needs plenty of middle relief innings.
Highlights from Thursday's game
The Yankees continue their series with the Rangers on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. Lance Lynn will be faced off against Drew Hutchinson.