By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
June 11th, 2014
New York Yankees vs Seattle Mariners
Final Score: Yankees 4 Mariners 2
The New York Yankees were able to pick up their second consecutive victory in Seattle against the Mariners behind an exceptional start from Masahiro Tanaka. The victory moves the Yankees to (33-31) on the season, and they are now 4.5 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East.
Once again for the Yankees, Masahiro Tanaka was fantastic in his 10th win of the season, and is looking like a legit contender for the AL CY Young. Tanaka was able to throw a complete game, and came a few outs away from it being a shutout before in the ninth inning, Robinson Cano was able to smack his third homerun of the season, which was a two-run shot. Tanaka finished with 11 strikeout in his complete game, while only allowing six hits and a walk. The 11 strikeouts for Tanaka put him over 100 for the season.
On Wednesday the Yankees offense woke up a little bit against Mariners Starter Chris Young, who was handed his fourth loss of the season. In the third inning the Yankees would strike first with a Jacoby Ellsbury RBI single that scored Brian Roberts, and it was the 27th RBI of the season for Ellsbury. In the fifth inning Mark Teixeira delivered the big blow for the Yankees against Young, as he hit a three-run homerun, which was his 11th of the season. Young, who is having a pretty good season for the Mariners finished going just five innings allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks.
Derek Jeter was able to turn back the clock against the Mariners on the base paths especially, as a nice two for five day at the plate for Jeter allowed him to steal his first two bases of the season. Jeter also joins some good company in Rickey Henderson and Craig Biggio, as the only players in MLB history to have 3,000 hits, 250 HRs, and 350 stolen bases.
On Thursday the Yankees will be thinking sweep against the Mariners, as Chase Whitley (1-0, 2.42) will be facing off against Roenis Elias (5-4, 3.64).