Friday, June 26, 2020

Virtual Baseball: Yanks Make It An Even Dozen, Nudge Little Bears Behind Tanaka.

In a crisp, virtually well-played game tonight at the Stadium between two leading, World Series contenders, Masahiro Tanaka just managed to edge old friend Jon Lester, 4-3.

Lester struck out 11 Yankees and looked dominant at times.  But the Bombers keep rallying all night long.  A two-run homer by Mike Ford tied the game at 2-2, a solo shot by The Red Menace, Clint Frazier, brought the Pinstripers even again, at 3-3, and a Gleyber Torres just poked a single through a drawn-in, Chicago infield plated what proved to be the winner in the bottom of the seventh.

Tanaka managed to last eight innings, in search of what would have been a league-leading third complete game, surrendering only a two-run homer and a run-scoring double, both by the miniature Ursines' hard-hitting first sacker, Anthony Rizzo, but finally had to be hauled off the mound by Manager Ma Boone and the Yankees' crack training/rasslin' staff.

On came the Ice Man, Aroldis Chapman, who walked the bases loaded in the top of the ninth, then struck out Baby Bear star Kris Bryant on a devastating sinker, and induced streaking Wrigleylander Kyle Schwarber to smoke a grounder that Torres turned into a gorgeous, game-ending, twin killing. sparkling entree of a double-play.

As if the team's 12th win in a row wasn't treat enough, Yankees fans welcomed back old favorite Aaron Hicks, who managed to pinch-hit a single and play an inning in centerfield without visibly damaging anything.

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