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May 2, 2008 at 5:56 PM

Mariners at New York Yankees: 05/02 game thread

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6:56 p.m.: And that should just about about wrap things up here, with Ichiro and Erik Bedard the only Mariners who seemed interested tonight. Bedard allows one earned run over seven innings, but his team trails 5-1 heading to the ninth after Ryan Rowland Smith gave up two singles and a walk in the eighth. Sean Green came on and yielded a run-scoring single to Morgan Ensberg and Jose molina later added a sacrifice fly. About time to turn these lights out. Enter the Sandman.
Down below, take a video trip with me from Cleveland to the South Bronx. We’ll fly from Cleveland to Detroit, then on to New York City, landing at La Guardia Airport. After that, the cab ride into Manhattan, where, if you’ve never been in a New York City cab, you’ll discover they have TV sets in them. Rachel Ray happened to be on with one of her gazillion cooking shows. Can’t seem to avoid her anywhere these days. Not sure if that’s a good thing. I drop my bags off quickly at the hotel room, high above 3rd Ave. near 53rd St. then head off to Yankee Stadium, riding the No. 6 and then the No. 4 subway to the Bronx. At the stadium, our train emerges from the subterranean tunnel into the daytime light and the stadium comes into view. Next to it, I’ll show you a brief glimpse of the new stadium being built across the street and opening next year. Enjoy.

5:59 p.m.: Ichiro took matters into his own hands in the sixth inning, leading off with a single, stealing second base and then third, to position himself to score on a Raul Ibanez groundout to the right side. So, it’s now a 3-1 game, the Yankees still leading. Good thing Ichiro took off because, the way his team has moved runners up on this trip, he’d likely still have been standing on first when the inning ended had he waited. Erik Bedard has pitched rather well, considering the defensive monster behind him. He’s allowed only four hits and one earned run through five. Needs to stay tough because this offense isn’t doing much tonight. Chien Ming-Wang looks like he’s done. He had some kind of medical issue in the top of the fifth and finished off that frame before yielding the run in the sixth. But Kyle Farnsworth is warming up and ready to come in the game. A good break for Seattle.
5:26 p.m.: This night’s going from bad to worse. After Jamie Burke committed the team’s fourth error in only the third inning, dropping a Jason Giambi pop-up in foul territory, the M’s come out in the fourth and get a leadoff double from Raul Ibanez. Trouble is, he never makes it past second base. Still a 3-0 game as we head to the bottom of the fourth. This team does not look mentally ready to play tonight. That’s never a good thing and I don’t like writing it frivolously. But they just don’t appear up to the challenge, ready for prime time…you name it. If I was spending $100 million or more on this team, I’d be ticked off right now. This Yankees lineup isn’t quite what it usually is. More of a B squad. Disappointing performance by the M’s thus far, to say the least.
4:55 p.m.: The infield defense is killing the Mariners tonight, with the Yankees now leading 3-0 after two innings. Two of the three runs have come courtesy of three errors by three different Seattle infielders. Richie Sexson is the only guy in that infield to actually make a tough play tonight. First, it was Yuniesky Betancourt flubbing the first inning grounder on his backhand, then Adrian Beltre did the same in the second inning on a grounder by Morgan Ensberg. But that should not have been a problem since, on an ensuing strikeout by Jose Molina, Ensberg broke for second on a steal attempt and was easily going to be thrown out. But second baseman Jose Lopez forgot to catch the ball. Error number three. Somebody force feed these guys some caffeine. Alberto Gonzalez singled after that and Melky Cabrera doubled to the left field corner. Both runners scored as Raul Ibanez took some time getting to the ball. Not pretty to watch this at all. Watch my video instead.
7:28 p.m.: Mariners already trail 1-0 after one inning as Yuniesky Betancourt commits another glove error, failing to get the backhand down on a Derek Jeter grounder with one out. Bobby Abreu then bloops a single in front of Raul Ibanez (Adam Jones might have caught it), to put two on and Hideki Matsui notches a broken bat single to left to open the scoring.
Jeter scored the run, giving him 1,391 for his career, surpassing Joe DiMaggio for fourth spot on the Yankees’ all-time list.
7:13 p.m.: Ichiro leads the game off, seen in photo, and winds up flying out to right against Chien-Ming Wang. Mariners go 1-2-3 in the first, so we head to the bottom of the frame.
John McLaren said pre-game that he met with pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre and closer J.J. Putz and that the pitcher will see his daily throwing regimen altered. Instead of throwing on flat ground, Putz will now have the equivalent of a five-minute bullpen session off a mound each day. This to better simulate game conditions and try to improve the command he has on his fastball.



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