Game 52 Recap: Yankees 7, Mariners 2

felixsad After losing three of four to one of the worst teams in all of baseball, you'll take a night like Monday. Especially when it comes against a premier pitcher.

The New York Yankees, fresh off being shut out by Jesse Chavez in Oakland, turned in a seven-run performance against Felix Hernandez on the road, led by Mark Teixeira's grand slam in the fifth - his 15th of the season (4th in MLB). He's just the fifth player to ever hit a slam against King Felix, and the first since Alberto Callaspo in May of 2012.

Michael Pineda gyrated his way around the hill he once owned in Seattle when he made the All-Star team in his debut season and dethroned its powerful ruler. He allowed two runs & seven hits over six-plus innings with nine strikeouts. He fired up his Vespo fueled by the disappointment of Jesus Montero's career and drove it through the rainy streets of Seattle, right over the hopes of Seattle's hitters.

Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz were a combined 1-for-8 with five strikeouts on the night. Pineda struck them out back-to-back in the sixth inning. Dellin Betances struck them out back-to-back in the eighth. I mean, this was silly:

The Yankees did manage to score three runs before Teixeira's moonshot - one on a wild pitch, one on a Brian McCann groundout, and one on a Chase Headley sacrifice fly. Stephen Drew scored on the play! He also improved his average to .160 on the year. Not at the mendoza line yet. But we're getting there, slowly. I mentioned Betances earlier - he would strike out three in the eighth, and keep his ERA perfect at 0.00. Chasen Shreve finished things off with an 18-pitch 9th. King Felix on the other hand, not so good. His line - 4.2 IP, 7 ER, 6 H, 5 BB. Bye, Felixcia.

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A-ROD