Weekend Recap: Yankees-Giants

Friday- In the marquee pitching matchup of the series, Masahiro Tanaka outdueled Madison Bumgarner, tossing 6 shutout innings to Bumgarner's 7 of 2-run ball.  The Yankees got to Bumgarner early, but could not fully capitalize on their scoring opportunities, and that left the door open for the Giants to come back and tie the game late against Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller.  The game could have been ticketed for extras had Brandon Crawford not thrown a ball away for his third error of the game.  Chase Headley scooted home and Aroldis Chapman closed things down.

Saturday- This might have been an even better pitching duel than Friday.  Ivan Nova went 7 innings and gave up 1 run while striking out 7, but that still wasn't good enough to best Johnny Cueto's 6 innings, no runs, 9 strikeouts.  A 1-1 game through 11 innings, the Yankees finally fell when the game got to their mediocre middle relief in the 12th.  Anthony Swarzak is no Betances, and the Giants got to him for the go-ahead run.  Yankees went 0-10 with RISP and left 11 men on base.

Sunday- No big 3 and Eovaldi on the mound could have spelled trouble for the Yanks yesterday.  Instead it turned into the most comfortable game of the series, with the Yankee bats teeing off on Jeff Samardzija early (homers by Beltran and Teix) and putting him away late (3-run 6th).  Eovaldi pitched 6 scoreless before tiring in the 7th and watching 2 cheap runs get tacked on by a Buster Posey fluke double down the line.  It was a very nice job by him and an equally nice job by Chad Green to come in and pick up the 7-out save.