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Mariners vs. Yankees – A Friday game thread

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on May 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm with 2 Comments »
May 11, 2012 6:24 pm

Felix Hernandez is about to find out whether he still owns the mortgage on ‘new’ Yankee Stadium  – the King is 3-0 in this ball park, with a 0.38 earned run average.

Given that, the Seattle Mariners have as much chance of winning tonight as any game in this series, facing right-hander Hiroki Kuroda and a lineup that includes left fielder Raul Ibanez and third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

Hey, here’s Dustin Ackley and we’re off:

First inning:

Mr. Ackley, meet Mr. Kuroda. Ack hit his first career leadoff homer, an opposite field shot that came before the home crowd could finish yelling out the names of its players.  Technically, Felix should now have enough runs …
Mariners 1, Yankees 0

Yankees rallied to tie on a Curtis Granderson single and stolen base, then Robinson Cano’s two-out RBI single.  One won’t do it tonight.
Mariners 1, Yankees 1

Second inning
Mariners got a Seager single and walk to Jaso, but Smoak, Carp and Saunders go down in order, failing even to advance the runners. Yikes!

The Mighty Texeira takes a full cut and legs out a 40-foot single. Could have been worse – he could have connected. Felix works around it, and score remains tied.

Third inning
Mariners go down in order.

Yankees go down in order, only faster.

Fourth inning
Kuroda retiers Montero and Seager on ground balls, Jaso flied out.

A-Rod and Cano singled to open, but left fielder Mike Carp threw Alex out at the plate when Texeira singled.Yankees might have tried being too aggressive there.

Fifth inning
Two singles and a walk loaded ‘em up with one out, but Brendan Ryan struck out. No. 3 hitter Ichiro grounded out weakly. Ouch.

Felix through five innings has thrown 71 pitches and, typically, is in a 1-1 game. Could it be any other way for him? Piching coach Carl Willis wonders whether Mr. Hernandez is so good teammates get caught up in watching him. Food for thought.

Sixth inning
In case anyone in New York forgot him, Jesus Montero broke the tie with an opposite field home run, his fifth of the season. It’s not much of a lead, but Felix will take it.
Mariners 2, Yankees 1

Yankees got a walk and Cono single to start it, then a three-run home run from Ibanez with two outs to turn the game around. Yikes!
Yankeees 4, Mariners 2

Seventh inning
Saunders led off with a walk but was caught stealing, and the Mariners went down quickly.Kuroda has given Yankees seven strong inning and, with 105 pitches, is likely done for the night.

Yanks picked up three more hits, though no runs, and chased Felix.

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  1. wabubba67 says:

    Just checking in (took a question about why I wasn’t here last time after asking for a game thread)…can’t watch the game tonight in AZ and about to go out for dinner.

    Nice to see Ackley perform well on the big stage!

  2. timeout says:

    Two comments:

    Kuroda looked pretty good, and as I have said before, I imagine Iwamura could pitch similarly well if give the chance.

    And: I’m a long time Raul Ibanez fan, but neither he nor Andruw (sp.?) Jones, the big run producers for the Yanks in this game, belong on the 2012 M’s. Maybe in a year or two bringing in an experienced, aging hitter like those will be appropriate, but not now. Just one of those things. And in line with that thought: Milwood?

    Larry, you’re a patient man. Kudos.

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