By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
June 2nd, 2014
Seattle Mariners Vs New York Yankees
Final Score: Mariners 10 Yankees 2
In the Monday make-up game, the Seattle Mariners came to town to finish off their sweep of the New York Yankees in a rout. The 10-2 defeat moves the Yankees to (29-27) on the season, and they are now a disappointing (12-14) at home.
Yankees Starter David Phelps was figured to be overmatched by King Felix coming into the game, and that proved true on Monday evening, as Phelps was handed his third loss of the season after a poor start. Phelps was pitching well for the first six innings, as he allowed only two runs, one in the second inning on an RBI infield single by Michael Zunino, and the other coming on a Dustin Ackley fielder’s choice. In the seventh inning however it would start or end well for Phelps, a Zunino lead-off double would get things started, then a walk to Ackley, and on a Endy Chavez bunt attempt, Phelps went to try and get the lead runner at third, but was too late. With the bases loaded, a Brad Miller single into shallow Center Field would score two runs giving the Mariners a 4-2 lead at the time, and force Phelps from the game.
After Phelps departed, Matt Thornton came in, and after a sacrifice to third, Michael Saunders would single home two more runs to finish up a rough seventh inning, as Phelps ended up going six innings allowing six runs on six hits, and three walks.
As advertised, Felix Hernandez was very good against the Yankees, as one of the best Pitchers in the MLB was able to notch his eighth win of the season in the Bronx. The Yankees best inning against Hernandez came in the fourth, as a single by Brian McCann, followed by a double from Yangervis Solarte set the Yankees up nicely. After an Alfonso Soriano strikeout, Ichiro Suzuki was able to smack a base-hit off of Hernandez to score both runners. Two infield singles in a row by Brian Roberts and Kelly Johnson should have set the Yankees up with the bases loaded, but Suzuki overran Third Base and was tagged out ending a good chance for more runs. Hernandez finished up going seven innings allowing just two runs on eight hits with eight strikeouts.
In the ninth inning the Mariners would show off their power against Alfredo Aceves, as with two outs, Saunders hit a solo-homerun his fourth of the season, and then back to back singles from Robinson Cano and Justin Smoak would lead to a Kyle Seager three-run homerun, his ninth of the season.
Next up for the Yankees will be a three-game series at home against the Oakland Athletics starting on Tuesday, as Hiroki Kuroda (4-3, 4.57) will be facing off against Scott Kazmir (6-2, 2.36).