The Yankees lost the series rubber match to the White Sox, 5-2, at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
Five takeaways from Sunday's game…
1) Masahiro Tanaka was cruising … and then he wasn't. Tanaka had six strikeouts and faced just 10 batters in the first three innings. In the next inning-plus, Tanaka allowed eight baserunners, including three uncharacteristic walks. Tanaka was charged with five runs, four of which came on a Tim Anderson grand slam. Tanaka was fantastic over his first three starts, so hopefully this was a simple bump in the road as the Yanks need the right-hander on top of his game.
2) Meanwhile, the Yankees had White Sox starter Carlos Rodón on the ropes until his pitching coach, Don Cooper gave him a good tongue-lashing during a mound conference with one out in the third inning. Rodón did not allow a base runner from that point, finishing six full innings. Worse, the Yankees didn't accomplish anything against the White Sox relievers after Rodón departed.
3) For the second straight appearance, Adam Ottavino did not look as sharp as he did at the outset of the season. Ottavino tossed a scoreless seventh inning, but walked two batters and threw 27 pitches. Walks have been an issue for Ottavino, but he has the ability to overcome them with the strikeout, which he did today. This could be problematic as the season wears on if Ottavino is expected to make longer (or more) appearances with Dellin Betances on the mend.
4) The Yankees allowed five stolen bases today. Some of this was attributed to Yankees pitchers simply ignoring baserunners, but also has something to do with Gary Sanchez not being behind the plate. Sanchez is known to have a strong arm, which allows Yankees pitching to concentrate more on hitters. Though it didn't impact the Yankees in this game, it is something to watch going forward. Note: The Yankees did call a pitch-out in the ninth that did nab a baserunner, so maybe that's a compensation measure.
5) It can be exciting to watch new hurlers come up to the big leagues and Joseph Harvey is no different through his first two appearances. With his scoreless eighth inning today, Harvey has tossed three innings and struck out five batters allowing just one hit and no runs. One cautionary note; Harvey seems to be a straight fastball pitcher relying on placement rather than ultra-velocity. Pitchers like this do not tend to have a lot of staying power as batters tend to figure them out. Ask Chad Green.
Luke extends his on-base streak to 26 games.- New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 14, 2019
Luke gives the Yankees an early lead. pic.twitter.com/LUtcMOoGjD
*Golf clap* pic.twitter.com/ymt3Pyde2H- New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 14, 2019
The Yankees are off Monday. They will begin a key two-game series at home against the Red Sox on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m.