The streak is over at 17 games. Felix Hernandez was fantastic. Dustin Ackley was great. Mike Carp should never not play in favor for Jack Cust.
Obviously, it was very happy visitor’s clubhouse at Yankee Stadium. The music, which only gets played after winsn, was blaring, I believe “The Humpty Dance” was rocking pretty loud at one point. With a cross-country flight ahead, the Mariners won’t have to drag an 18-game losing streak along with them. I don’t think it would fit in the overhead compartments.
What was manager Eric Wedge’s message to the team after getting its first win since July 5.
“I will give the G-rated version, it was ‘way to get the monkey off your back,’” he said. “When you’ve got a monkey on your back that size, it’s damn hard to get it off.
Dustin Ackley missed out because he was doing an onfield interview.
“I didn’t get to hear it, but I’m sure it was something probably pretty good,” Ackley said chuckling.
Ackley and Mike Carp combined for seven hits and seven RBI in the game. Carp had four hits and drove in four including a big three-run triple in the seventh that put the game out of reach.
Carp ripped a first-pitch slider from Logan deep to center. Yankees centerfielder Curtis Granderson got a late jump and couldn’t come up with deep drive. It scored all three runners and Carp had a triple.
“I faced Logan the other night and he pounded me with sliders, so I went up looking slider,” Carp said. “I knew I hit it good and it was probably get over his head. Luckily it dropped and scored a bunch of runs.”
But even with nine runs and 17 hits the Mariners racked up, this game was about Felix Hernandez. This was his game. As the ace of the staff, and the reigning Cy Young award winner, it was his job to make sure there wasn’t 18th straight loss. He failed to end the streak in Boston, but he wasn’t going to allow it go any further in the new Yankee Stadium, a place where is now 3-0 in three starts.