Starlin Castro: Starlin Castro bats second for first time
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 16, 2017,
Apr 16, 2017, 3:00
Baseball baby! The St. Louis Cardinals are headed to the big apple for a game against the New York Yankees on April. 14th at 7pm EST.
But the story of the night was Masahiro Tanaka appearing dominant and Starlin Castro delivering a blow against Michael Wacha in a 4-3 win at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. Three batters into the game, Matt Carpenter crushed a two-run homer but Tanaka looked better after Starlin Castro tied the game in the bottom of the inning, nearly giving Tanaka a mulligan. Austin Romine also homered off Wacha to give NY a 3-2 second inning lead. He did not make to the 3rd inning in his first appearance this season giving up 7 runs in just over 2 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays on April. 2nd. NY has won its first four home games to start a season for the first time since 2003. Between the second and sixth innings, the only runners to reach were Aledmys Díaz on a pop fly double that was just fair and bounced into the seats, and Matt Carpenter on a pitch around walk with first base open.
He was the first pitcher in 14 years to walk at least eight hitters and strike out at least 11 in a game, according to ESPN. Girardi has tied Tanaka's early struggles to poor control and difficulties with his split-finger fastball. Base runner Jacoby Ellsbury had stopped at third base on Headley's hit, but came in to score when Kolten Wong bounced the relay to home plate. Let us know who you got in this one? THREE'S ENOUGH Girardi generally avoids using the same reliever three straight days, but said that Chapman is "a different guy".
Starlin Castro homered to right-center on Wacha's 96 miles per hour fastball in the first inning. St. Louis also has a losing record through its first 10 games for the third time since 1997.
As much as the Cardinals wanted to give away the game, the Yankees nearly handed it right back. The Yankees added two more by capitalizing on spotty defense. Austin Romine put NY up 3-2 with a solo homer in the second, hours after Girardi remarked the glove-first catcher has "figured it out a little bit" at the plate.
Mariners 2, Rangers 1: Felix Hernandez pitched 71/3 innings for Seattle, and Mitch Haniger settled for a clutch RBI single instead of an apparent home run. Lyons is on the 10-day disabled list with a right knee injury. "Not anyone, but to get out of some tough situations, runners in scoring position, second and third with one out for Clippard to be able to get out of that, and then Dellin to get out of his inning, and Chapman to get out of his inning just shows you the kind of stuff that they have". The hard throwing right-hander threw 62 pitches before a ball was even put in play, and ended up striking out 11 batters while walking 8 in 5.1 innings of work. Each went 1 for 3 against Colorado Springs on Wednesday - which started comeback case Matt Garza on the mound - and Wisdom was 1 for 3 again Thursday against the Sky Sox. He has walked six while striking out five in that span but all nine hits he has surrendered have been singles.