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The Yankees have made their first splash of the offseason by acquiring the Big Maple, James Paxton, from the Seattle Mariners. Fresh off his second-consecutive season at the top of the Mariner’s rotation, Paxton did not come cheap as the Yankees traded away their top prospect, Justus Sheffield, along with breakout prospects Erik Swanson and Dominic Thompson-Williams.

Sabathia continues to roll, Judge hits blast to give Yankees 5-1 win over Seattle

On a beautiful Friday night in Seattle, the Bombers were looking to ride the momentum of a dominate Luis Severino start that gave the Yankees a victory Thursday night. The birthday boy C.C. Sabathia (8-3, 3.54 ERA) was on the hill for the Bombers, and in Safeco Field he started the evening 9-1 with a 2.08 ERA. Lead by another strong outing from Sabathia, a three-run bomb by Aaron Judge, and a shutdown performance by the bullpen, the Yankees cruised to another clean 5-1 victory.

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During the bottom of the first inning, Sabathia would retire the first two batters, but walked Robinson Cano. After a loud single to left field by Nelson Cruz that put runners on first and third, Kyle Seager singled on a deflected ball to Starlin Castro, where new first baseman Chase Headley missed the bag giving Seattle an early 1-0 lead.

Against the starting pitcher for the Mariners, Andrew Moore (1-1, 5.25 ERA) the Bombers knew they would get plenty of strikes to hit. After two quiet innings, Red Thunder would strike during the top of the third. After a double by Headley on a sharp line drive to left field, Clint Frazier doubled on a fly ball off the center field wall to tie the game at one. A walk by Gary Sanchez brought up Aaron Judge with runners on first and third and two out. Judge hit a deep sacrifice fly to center field that gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead after three.

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It seems as if the Yankee bats may start to be getting warm as they found themselves with another scoring opportunity in the top of the fifth. A Brett Gardner single to right field, followed by a line drive single to left field by Gary Sanchez set the Bombers up with runners on first and third, one out and Judge at the plate. On a prodigious blast to left field Judge hit home run number 31 on the season giving the Yankees a 5-1 lead.  

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Sabathia did not have his best stuff this evening, but being the veteran that he is, he worked through it and gave his team a chance to win. After five innings, and 98 pitches Sabathia ended the night, and put the game in the hands of the high-powered Yankee bullpen. No matter if it is after a loss, or during a win streak, Sabathia always seems to show up when the Bombers need him to and he did again tonight. Tommy Kahnle (1-3, 2.37 ERA) came in with a runner on first and nobody out. After striking out Mitch Haniger, Kahnle retired the next two batters to keep the Yankees ahead 5-1 after six.
Well, the trade with the Chicago White Sox, gave the Bombers much needed depth in their bullpen. The Yankees envisioned a powerful bullpen, where they could end the game after five innings. Tonight, they got to partially test that theory, first with Kahnle, then with the former Yankee David Robertson (4-2, 2.62 ERA) who came in during the bottom of the seventh and struck out the side. Dellin Betances came in during the bottom of the eighth inning, and while he did allow a couple of hits he ultimately worked out of the inning unscathed. Adam Warren (2-1, 1.77 ERA) came in to finish the game during the bottom of the ninth, and the Yankees secured their second straight victory by a final of 5-1.
Tomorrow the Bombers will play game three in Seattle 9:10 PM ET. For the Yankees Masahiro Tanaka (7-9, 5.33 ERA) will take the hill looking to keep the team rolling. For Seattle, Ariel Miranda (7-4, 4.35 ERA) will look to get the Mariners back on track.


Winning Pitcher: C.C. Sabathia (9-3, 3.44 ERA) 5.0 IP, 4 H, R, ER, 3 BB, 5 SO
Losing Pitcher: Andrew Moore (1-2, 5.70 ERA) 6.0 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, BB, 2 SO
Notables
Clint Frazier: 1-4, R, RBI (9)
Chase Headley: 2-4, R
Aaron Judge: 1-2, R, HR (31), 4 RBI (72), BB
Didi Gregorius: 3-4

Article by: Randy Hancock

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