By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
June 10th, 2014
New York Yankees vs Seattle Mariners Post Game Recap
Final Score: Yankees 3 Mariners 2
After being rained-out on Monday in Kansas City, the New York Yankees were able to start the West Coast portion of their road-trip with a victory against Robinson Cano and the Seattle Mariners. The win moves the Yankees back to one game over .500 at (32-31) on the season, and they currently sit five games behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East.
Yankees Starter Vidal Nuno came through with a good outing for the Yankees, as he pitched 5.2 innings allowing one run on just four hits and one walk. One of the few times trouble occurred for Nuno in this game was in the first inning after a two-out double from Robinson Cano, Cole Gillespie hit a RBI base-hit for the only run given up by Nuno. In the fourth inning, Jacoby Ellsbury would save Nuno with a great play in Center Field robbing Michael Saunders, and saving the lead for the Yankees.
Dellin Betances came in the sixth inning after Nuno got Robinson Cano out to finish up the inning, as Nuno’s pitch count was getting up, but in the seventh Betances ran into trouble and cost Nuno a win. Betances would hit Michael Zunino with a pitch, and then follow it up with a wild pitch allowing him to move into scoring position. Dustin Ackley would hit a RBI single just past Brian Roberts to tie the game, but later in the inning the Yankees would score and Betances would earn his fourth win of the year.
Hisashi Iwakuma, who is having a good season once again for the Mariners, pitched well against the Yankees, but some rare timely hitting from the Yankees led to his third loss of the season. A slow start hurt Iwakuma, as in the first inning the Yankees were able to score two runs on a double that scored Derek Jeter, and then with Mark Teixeira on Third Base, a Brian McCann infield single allowing him to score. Iwakuma would pitch well until allowing a ground-rule double to Jeter in the eighth inning, that led to him being pulled for Charlie Furbush with Ellsbury coming up to hit. Ellsbury would come through in the clutch with a base-hit to score Jeter and give the Yankees the lead late in the game.
David Robertson would come on in the ninth inning to close out the game for the Yankees, as he struck-out the side, all swinging to earn his 15th save of the season.
On his farewell tour Jeter received some nice gifts from the Mariners, presented by Cano, as Jeter was given a watch, a seat from the Kingdome, and then a base from Safeco Field.
Next up for the Yankees will be Game 2 of the series with the Mariners, as Masahiro Tanaka (9-1, 2.02) will be facing Chris Young (5-3, 3.42).