Yankees strike early and cruise to a win over Mariners
After banking a nice, weekend series win against the Minnesota Twins, the Yankees looked to continue their winning ways against longtime nemesis Felix Hernandez. While Felix has dominated the Yankees countless times over the years, the story was quite different in this one. With more healthy reinforcements arriving in the form of Clint Frazier, the Yankees wasted no time jumping on King Felix en route to a 7 – 3 win
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The Yankees got on the board quickly in the first inning, where a leadoff double by DJ LeMahieu was immediately followed by a towering Luke Voit home run. The 2 – 0 lead did not last long however, because the Yankees tacked on more runs in the bottom of the second inning. Brett Gardner led off the frame with a solo home run. An error allowed Gio Urshela to reach and that was immediately followed by the first career home run for Thairo Estrada. A Mike Tauchman double and a DJ LeMahieu RBI single capped the frame and gave the Yankees a 6 – 0 lead after two.
In the third, Gardy lined a two-out triple to right field and was later brought home by Gio Urshela for the Yankees’ seventh run. Their total would settle there for the rest of the night, but it was nice to see a good number on the board and the lineup getting healthier will hopefully make this a more regular occurrence.
While Felix was struggling against the Yankees, CC Sabathia was mostly himself facing a Mariners’ lineup that boasts several dangerous hitters. CC cruised through three innings before laboring a little bit in the fourth and fifth. A two-run home run in the fourth by Domingo Santana put the Mariners on the board. Dee Gordon added a solo homer of his own in the fifth and the Mariners would go on to load the bases before CC escaped the inning. He then gave way to Jonathan Holder and the Yankees bullpen.
Holder has been pretty good of late, but he didn’t quite have it tonight and after loading the bases with one out, Adam Ottavino was called upon to escape the inning unscathed. Ottavino and Zack Britton combined to lock down the seventh and eighth innings before Luis Cessa finished it off in the ninth to secure the win for the Yankees.
The Yankees and Mariners will face off on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. The game will be on the YES Network at 6:35 and the probable starters are Masahiro Tanaka and Marco Gonzales.
Article by Matt Graziano