Tanaka Told Yankees He Was Gassed After 68 Pitches In Game 1

Joe & Evan
October 14, 2019 - 2:10 pm

Masahiro Tanaka left Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday night after pitching six shutout innings, allowing one hit and facing the minimum.

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He had only thrown 68 pitches, which made manager Aaron Boone's decision to pull Tanaka a bit curious.

But WFAN Yankees reporter Sweeny Murti told Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on Monday that Tanaka practically asked out of the game.

"Tanaka went to them and told them he was gassed," Murti said. "Tanaka used a lot of energy to get through those six innings. There's a lot riding on these games. He told them that he was good and that they could go to the bullpen."

Fortunately for the Yankees, the bullpen did its job, as Adam Ottavino, Zack Britton and Jonathan Loaisiga finished off the 7-0 victory.

Masahiro Tanaka
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Tanaka, meanwhile, bolstered his reputation as a big-game pitcher. In seven career postgame starts, he is now 5-2 with a 1.32 ERA. 

Tanaka is expected to pitch again in Game 5 on Thursday.

To listen to Murti's interview with Joe and Evan, click on the audio player above.