The Yankees lost to the Padres 5-4 at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
Five takeaways from Tuesday's game...
1) Things got off on the wrong foot for Masahiro Tanaka as he allowed four runs after just four batters in the first inning, the big blow being a three-run home run from Eric Hosmer. Tanaka had been strong in his previous four outings and he did settle down, logging six innings while allowing one more run, but the hole was too big for the Yanks to overcome.
2) Gary Sanchez homered in the fourth inning, his 17th blast of the year. Sanchez is now just one homer shy of his total from the entire 2018 season.
3) In the seventh inning, the Yanks faced four pitchers and scored three runs, highlighted by DJ LeMahieu's two-RBI single and an RBI groundout by Aaron Hicks, which pulled the Yankees to within one run (5-4).
4) Speaking of Hicks, he went 2-for-4 in the game and now has hits in five of his last six games. The Yankees need Hicks to get hot and be the run producer he was in 2018.
5) New York couldn't solve former Yankee and now San Diego closer Kirby Yates, who tossed a scoreless ninth despite allowing the winning run to get to the plate.
The Yankees wrap up their series against the Padres with an afternoon affair on Wednesday. RHP Chris Paddack (4-2, 1.93 ERA) will go for the Padres, while LHP James Paxton (3-2, 3.11 ERA) makes his return for the Yankees.