Sunday, August 27, 2017
Yankees manager Joe Girardi wasn’t around to watch the end of Sunday’s 10-1 win over the Mariners after getting ejected in the third inning. But his Seattle counterpart, Scott Servais, might have wished he’d taken an early dismissal as well after watching the Mariners commit five errors in the first inning of the series finale in the Bronx.
Three errors on shortstop Jean Segura and one each by left fielder Ben Gamel and third baseman Kyle Seager added up to a six-run first for the Yankees, with only one of the runs earned against Seattle starter Andrew Albers.
“Certainly you can’t make that many mistakes and give a team that many extra outs,” Servais said. “That was a lot of unforced errors. Defensively, obviously we weren’t ready to get after it there in that first inning. But I credit Albers hanging in there. Andrew kept throwing strikes. We just did nothing to help him out get through that first. You make five errors against a quality club, there’s no way to overcome that. “
Wow, besides the headline, they dropped the nickname stuff in the recap. Good on them.
Anyhow, great win. Masahiro Tanaka pitched pretty darn well. It’s going to be fascinating to see if he opts out or not.
The Yankees got screwed on an interference play where Jean Segura went waaaay out of the base path to get in the way of Didi Gregorius’ throw to first for the attempted double play. Girardi got ejected after the umpires reviewed the play and STILL got the call wrong (MLB.com shared the Seattle feed and even they were, like, “Yeah, that was ridiculous”).
The Mariners’ defense was horrible, giving up FIVE errors in the first inning as the Yankees scored six runs.
The Yankees are now somehow just two and a half games back of the Red Sox in the American League East after the Sox lost their fourth straight game (getting swept by the ORIOLES, of all teams). They have a tough series against the Indians before the Red Sox come to town on Thursday for a huge four-game set (the last Yankees/Red Sox series of the season), including facing Corey Kluber tomorrow. Tough. Luckily, the Wild Card race is doing a bit better. They’re five games up on the second Wild Card (Royals and Angels are both five games back, with them both 6 games back in the loss column). Honestly, like I said the other day, so long as they keep winning, they’ll be in good shape. They’re 11 game over .500 for the first time in quite a while.
Hopefully they do okay against the Indians.
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