On Old-Timers' Day in the Bronx, the stage was set for a glorious day full of Yankee happiness and a Masahiro Tanaka victory in front of a sellout crowd of 47,493. But the Baltimore Orioles decided to ignore the script.
Tanaka (11-2) allowed three runs in seven innings Sunday as the Yankees lost, 8-0. Tanaka suffered his first defeat since May 20 and was outpitched by Chris Tillman (6-4), who threw seven innings as the Yankees fell for only the third time in Tanaka's 15 starts.
Tanaka gave up six hits with one walk and six strikeouts. His ERA went from 1.99 to 2.11. "He pitched well again," Derek Jeter said. "He gave us a great opportunity to win. We just didn't score any runs for him. Look, he's not perfect."
It started early when the first two Orioles batters singled. Tanaka worked out of the jam but needed 23 pitches to get through the first.
In the second, Manny Machado took Tanaka to the warning track in left, a warning shot because the next batter, Jonathan Schoop, homered to left.
Again, Tanaka labored, as his pitch count after two innings was 45. He breezed through the next four innings, allowing only a single and walk, but the Yankees were unable to score.
The Orioles made it 3-0 in the seventh when J.J. Hardy singled and moved to third on a double by Machado. With the infield back, Schoop hit a run-scoring grounder to short before Caleb Joseph made it 3-0 with a sacrifice fly to center.
"I started out giving up the home run and after that I thought that I battled pretty well," Tanaka said through a translator. "At the end, I gave up two more runs, which cost us the game."Not precisely. Baltimore scored four in the eighth off Adam Warren and Joseph hit his first major-league homer in the ninth off David Huff to complete the scoring.