Rapid Reaction: Yankees 3, Cubs 0 (Gm. 1)
April, 16, 2014
By Jesse Rogers
NEW YORK -- The Chicago Cubs lost 3-0 to the New York Yankees in Game 1 of their doubleheader on Wednesday. Here's a quick look at the game:
How it happened: The Yankees scored single runs in the first, fourth and fifth innings and Masahiro Tanaka was as good as advertised on the mound, holding the Cubs in check all afternoon. Carlos Beltran put New York on the board with a solo shot in the the first, Dean Anna hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth and Brett Gardner scored on a ground out in the fifth. That was all the runs Tanaka needed. He went eight while giving up just two infield hits -- one a bunt by Junior Lake -- while striking out 10. Mike Olt went down three times by strikeout, Luis Valbuena and Justin Ruggiano twice.
What it means: The Cubs got a glimpse of what they missed out on when Tanaka signed with New York over the winter. His splitter was great and he snuck enough fastballs by Cub hitters to keep them honest. Jason Hammel pitched well again but Tanaka was better. The Cubs lost their third straight game for the first time this season dropping their record to 4-9.
First look at Tanaka: The righty has 28 strikeouts in 22 innings this season after adding 10 more to his total on Wednesday.
Pitching rotation: With several off days this week, manager Rick Renteria is trying to keep his main pitchers on their normal schedule so Edwin Jackson will start on Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds and Carlos Villanueva will throw on Sunday.
Arrieta update: Rehabbing pitcher Jake Arrieta threw 5 2/3 innings for Double-A Tennessee on Wednesday afternoon. He gave up one run on three hits and a walk while striking out two. He's scheduled for another rehab start in five days, this time at Triple-A Iowa as he gets closer to returning.
Renteria's day off: The Cubs had back-to-back off days in New York due to the rainout on Tuesday. Renteria said he watched three movies: "Joe," "The Bag Man" and "The Grand Piano."
What's next: Game 2 of the doubleheader starts at 6:05 p.m. CT. Travis Wood will be opposed by the Yankees' Michael Pineda.