Kyle Seager and the Mariners made the most of their one-day trip back to New York.
Seager matched a club record Monday night by getting four extra-base hits in a 10-2 rout at Yankee Stadium. He had two triples — two very different triples — a double and a three-run homer while scoring three runs and driving in three more.
Seager called it a night that “I’ll remember for sure.”
He led off the second and fourth innings with triples. The first was a drive to deep center that sliced away from Jacoby Ellsbury and caromed off the wall. The second was a blooper to left that Brett Gardner nearly caught at the line.
The ball bounced out of Gardner’s glove but shortstop Derek Jeter nearly corralled it before it hit the ground. But Jeter committed a mental mistake — apparently those do happen — when he then retrieved the ball and jogged a few steps with his back to the infield.
Jeter believed the ball was foul, while Seager kept running and wound up at third.
“It was a weird play,” Seager said. “I hit it and took off running. When I turned the base, I saw (Gardner) sliding, and I saw the umpire say, `Fair ball.’ So I kind of kept going. I didn’t realize that Jeter almost caught it, that it bounced up to him and he almost caught it.
“I just kept running, and I guess he thought it was foul, and his momentum took him down the line.”
The Mariners turned both triples into runs while building a 2-0 lead for Felix Hernandez. Seager became the first opposing player to hit two triples at the new Yankee Stadium, which opened in 2009.
Seager’s double started the eighth, although he got no farther, before his three-run homer in the ninth closed the scoring. The homer came against Alfredo Aceves and rocketed so quickly and decisively out of the park that right fielder Ichiro Suzuki never turned.
That failure to turn and take a step or two toward the wall is generally viewed as a no-no. Players tend to regard that as showing up your pitcher.
“That was another weird one,” Seager said. “Two change-ups away, and I was basically in battle mode. I got the barrel to it.”
Here’s the list of previous Mariners with four extra-base hits in a game:
Mike Blowers on May 24, 1995: two doubles, one triple, one homer in a 15-6 victory over the Red Sox.
Ken Griffey Jr. on July 1, 1998: three doubles, one homer in a 9-5 victory over the Rockies.
Mike Cameron on May 2, 2002: four homers in a 15-4 victory over the White Sox.
Adrian Beltre on May 28, 2007: two doubles, two homers in a 12-5 victory over the Angels.
Raul Ibanez on June 11, 2007: one double, one triple, two homers in an 8-7 victory over the Indians.
Adrian Beltre on July 6, 2007: two doubles, two homers in a 7-1 victory over the A’s.
Second baseman Robinson Cano returned to the lineup after missing four games because of a bruised hand. He had two walks and a single in five plate appearances — and again drew the wrath of Yankees fans for his off-season departure as a free agent.
“Fans are fans,” he said. “You can’t control that. And I’m on the other team now. I understand that.”
Around the farms
***Triple-A Tacoma suffered another one-run loss in falling 3-2 at El Paso (Padres), but the Rainiers will start rehabbing Taijuan Walker in Tuesday’s series finale in hopes of avoiding a sweep. Mike Curto has the details.
***Double-A Jackson got a grand slam from Dario Pizzano in rolling to a 9-5 victory over Huntsville (Brewers). From the Generals’ website.
***Hi-A High Desert lefty Tyler Pike got roughed up in his first start since pitching six innings in a combined no-hitter. The Mavericks lost a 13-7 slugfest to Bakersfield (Reds). From the Victorville Daily Press.
***Lo-A Clinton right-hander Carlos Misell yielded just one unearned in seven innings in a 10-1 romp at Beloit (A’s). From the LumberKings’ website.