Aroldis Chapman surrenders game-winning homer as Yankees drop opener by 2-1 score

The Yankees entered tonight’s series opener with the Seattle Mariners fresh off a chippy series win in Detroit this week. After a number of suspensions and fines, the Yankees came in ready to play, sporting nickname-themed jerseys as a part of MLB’s promotional Player’s weekend. In a pitcher’s duel, the Mariners were able to come out on top in 11 innings with a go-ahead homer by Yonder Alonso off Aroldis  “The Missile” Chapman to propel Seattle to a 2-1 win.
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The Yankees sent CC “Dub” Sabathia to the hill on Friday night, who pitched very well going seven strong, only allowing one run on a solo homer by Mike Zunino in the fourth inning. From there, Sabathia made some good pitches in key spots to prevent any further damage before handing it over to the bullpen.

The Yankees were shutout through seven innings, but finally broke through in the eighth inning on a double by Didi “Sir Didi” Gregorius which scored Aaron “All Rise” Judge from first base. On the play, the M’s centerfielder Guillermo Heredia bobbled the ball twice allowing Judge to round the bases to tie the game at one.

Dellin Betances came on in the top of the ninth and got himself into a bases loaded, one out jam, but he worked out of it with a huge pop out in the infield and a strikeout to end the inning.

The Mariners took the lead in the top of the 11th on a go-ahead solo homer by Yonder Alonso off Aroldis Chapman. It was the third home run Chapman has ever allowed to a left-hander, and the second this season. 

Winning Pitcher: James Pazos (4-4, 3.35 ERA): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Losing Pitcher: Aroldis Chapman (4-3, 4.23 ERA): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
Save: Edwin Diaz (30)

Notables:
CC Sabathia: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR
Starlin Castro: 1-5, 2B
Aaron Hicks: 1-5, 2B
Didi Gregorius: 1-4, 2B
Mike Zunino: 3-5, HR (19), RBI, R
Yonder Alonso: 1-1, HR (24), RBI, R, BB


Article by: Chad Raines

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