Sunday, August 5, 2012
Even an inning after Raul Ibanez added another deep home run to his career-long collection, the Mariners still wanted to face him. So Oliver Perez intentionally walked Mark Teixeira to load the bases for Ibanez, who broke the game open with a two-run single in the sixth inning of New York’s 6-2 win on Sunday afternoon.
The Yankees built their lead in the early innings against Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma but consistently added on, making it easier for Freddy Garcia to teeter through the Mariners lineup en route to the 150th victory of his career.
Nice win. It does sort of put CC’s dominant performance into perspective when Fredo pitched so well against these guys. They are the Mariners, after all.
Ichiro’s ridiculous “one single hit in ever game” streak continues, with Michael Saunders losing a lazy fly ball in the sun for a double.
The Yankees go to Detroit tomorrow for a four-game set against the Tigers. After catching King Felix in this series, they get to open up against Verlander in Detroit. Oh boy (I also like that Baltimore gets Seattle next and misses King Felix).
In other news, the Yankees were “pleased” by recent X-rays for Pettitte. I presume that means he will still have a foot at the end of the season. Also, the Yankees seem to be interested in perhaps using Gardner in September as a pinch-runner. He could never make the playoff roster as a pinch-runner, could he? Your pinch-runner has to at least have the ability to stay in the game, no?