Game 51: Yankees 7, Mariners 1

The Yankees broke out in the top of the third. Derek Jeter lead off with a walk and moved to second on a single by Curtis Granderson.  They each advanced when Mark Teixeira grounded out and Jeter was out at the plate when Alex Rodriguez hit the ball sharply to third. Robinson Cano drove a single to right, scoring Granderson while Rodriguez moved to third.  Cano stole second and Swisher worked a walk, loading the bases with two outs. Andruw Jones then cleared the bases, driving a double to right and moving to third on the late throw home. Eduardo Nunez followed with a triple and the Yankees had a 6-0 lead early in the game.

The Bombers added a run in the fourth, when Granderson’s double to right was followed by a RBI single by Teixeira.  Sabathia had little trouble with Seattle, issuing a few walks, but never really getting in trouble.  The Mariners finally got a run in the sixth, when Justin Smoak hit a solo homer.  Sabathia worked a 1-2-3 seventh and eighth, and Lance Pendleton pitched a scoreless ninth, as New York left Seattle with a 7-1 victory.

Things That May Only Interest Me:

  • There have been times when the Yankees appeared to have trouble scoring for their ace pitcher, but lately they are giving the big guy a lot of help.  In Sabathia’s last eight starts they are scoring over eight runs.  CC is definitely doing his part, giving the Yankees’ bullpen a break and going at least eight innings in his last three starts.
  • The Yankees had a homer in the first two innings of all three games against Seattle, unfortunately that wasn’t enough in the first two games.
  • Pendleton’s appearance meant every single pitcher on the Yankees’ roster appeared in Seattle.  He has yet to be charged with a run.  In 8.1 innings he has given up just five hits, no runs and two walks, while striking out three.
  • Every Yankees hitter that got an at bat on Sunday got a hit, but Granderson was the only one to get multiple hits.

Bronx Cheers: This is that rare game that is hard to find much to complain about, but I will try anyway!

Alex Rodriguez: A-Rod went 1-5 with a run scored and a strikeout.  He stranded a team leading five runners on base.

Mark Teixeira: Teixeira went 1-5 with a RBI, but stranded four.  He got caught stealing on a strike ‘em out throw ‘em out inning ending double play in the fourth.

Curtain Calls: CC Sabathia: Sabathia went eight innings and gave up just one run on five hits.  He walked three and struck out five.

Curtis Granderson: Grandy went 3-5 with two runs scored.

Andruw Jones: Jones broke the game open with a three-run double in the third.  He went 1-3, scored a run and worked a walk.

In The On Deck Circle: New York heads to Oakland for their Memorial Day, kicking off a series against the Athletics. Bartolo Colon will take the mound for the Bombers, hoping to put his ugly outing against the Blue Jays behind him.  He will have to watch out for David DeJesus who owns a .355 average against Colon over 31 at bats.  The Yankees’ lineup will have to face yet another tough pitcher, as the A’s will send out Trevor Cahill who owns a 6-2 record and a 2.02 ERA and 3.53 FIP.  He is coming off a rough start, however, as he gave up back-to- back homers to the Angels.  He has not fared well against the Yankees in his few appearances against them.  They have tagged Cahill for fourteen runs on thirteen hits and four homers in his two starts against the Yankees.  First pitch is at 4:05pm (EST).

Tamar has written for IIATMS since July 2009, having started off writing game recaps before shifting to the minor leagues. Born in Connecticut and having lived all over the country and in South Korea, Tamar now finds herself "temporarily misplaced" in New Hampshire. Please send help.