Sorry for the late recap. I was out getting free t-shirts at the Brewer game and celebrating a little too hard post-game. Part of that celebration was due to A-Rod's game-winning home run for the Yanks, a big hit to save a second half-opening win over the Mariners. If it wouldn't have been for the existence of Kyle Seager, Masahiro Tanaka would have had a spotless performance last night. Seager got to him for a solo home run in the 3rd to get Seattle on the board and a 2-run shot in the 5th to give them the lead. Other than those 2 hits, Tanaka was on point last night. 7 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts. Probably not good enough for some NY sports writers, but plenty good enough for me.
The Yankees bookended their 4 runs with solo homers, Chris Young's to start things in the bottom of the 2nd and Alex Rodriguez's to pull back ahead in the 7th. Chase Headley and Brian McCann both picked up RBI base knocks in the middle innings to get Seattle starter Mike Montgomery out and get to the bullpen.
- It was almost all Young and A-Rod for the offense. They each went 2-4, each hit a home run, and they scored all 4 Yankee runs.
- Jacoby Ellsbury went 0-4 with 3 Ks and a walk at the top of the order. They can't all be winners.
- Rob Refsnyder went 0-2 with a strikeout and reached on catcher's interference in his 3 plate appearances before being pinch hit for in the 8th.