Tuesday, September 13, 2011
SEATTLE—The box score will tell you that the Yankees defeated the Mariners, 9-3, Monday night at Safeco Field.
But this was more than just a win to move New York further ahead in the American League East race. This was a win against Felix Hernandez.
For over three years, the defending American League Cy Young winner had New York’s number, going 5-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his last six starts against the Bombers. But the Seattle ace finally cracked, as the Yankees bats went off in a five-run fourth inning to help New York finally bring down King Felix.
Behind the big cushion, starter Phil Hughes kept the struggling Seattle offense in check. He escaped a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning and was done after that, hurling 99 pitches and giving up just one run on five Seattle hits. Hughes has held opponents to two earned runs or less in six of his last eight starts.
It was nice to see an offensive outburst against one of the best pitchers in baseball after a pretty crappy stretch over the past week. I thought Hughes pitched okay. Not great, but decently.
Now it’s complaint time. You’d have thought that a 9-1 lead with three innings to go would have been a good time to perhaps take a look at someone like Andrew Brackman or Dellin Betances. Or, you know, you could run Scott Proctor out there for two innings and Luis Ayala for one.
Yay win, anyway.