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August 13, 2009 at 9:18 PM

New York Yankees at Seattle Mariners: 08/13 game thread

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Three more runs allowed in the seventh, two by Ian Snell, who fails to get an out in the seventh. Garrett Olson gave up the either. So, make that 9-1 for the Yankees.
By the way, assuming the M’s win the wild-card, who starts Game 3 of the Division Series? Snell or Luke French? Just wondering, since I’ve got Ryan Rowland-Smith as the Game 2 starter. Any thoughts? This is serious, because Game 3 can be pivotal.

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8:49 p.m.: Oh my, Josh Wilson actually hit a home run. On a 1-2 pitch. Off C.C. Sabathia. Is the world upside down? No, not really. The Yankees still lead 6-1 after five innings.
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Yes, Ian Snell is still out there, needing only 11 pitches to get through the fifth. He’s at 88 to start the sixth.
But wow. A real home run. By Josh Wilson. He’d actually hit two others in his career. None since September 2007.
8:30 p.m.: Ian Snell trails 6-0 and has thrown 77 pitches through four innings — 65 of them the last three frames. No action yet in Seattle’s bullpen. Remember, this could be a long weekend on the mound for the M’s and they can’t go blowing the relief corps in one night tonight. Not after last night’s 14-inning affair.
Snell is going to have to stay out there and take a pounding if need be. He gave up another run in the fourth, as Derek Jeter singled and Mark Teixeria doubled him home.
8:06 p.m.: This game got out of hand in a hurry, with first-pitch home runs by Derek Jeter and Hideki Matsui, the latter a two-run blast, making it 5-0 for New York as we head to the bottom of the third. Ian Snell also yielded a double to Johnny Damon, ahead of the Matsui homer. Snell also allowed what looked to be another double off the bat of Nick Swisher, only to have Franklin Gutierrez run it down in the left center gap.
Snell has thrown 59 pitches in three innings — remember, that was after a 12-pitch first — giving up the five runs on six hits, two walks, and a wild-pitch.
Oh, well. He’ll always have Paris. Texas, that is. It’s near Arlington, right?
7:39 p.m.: Not a good second inning for Ian Snell, who trails 2-0 after the Yankees scored a pair. Snell allowed a leadoff single by Hideki Matsui, then walked Nick Swisher on four pitches. He rallied for two outs without the runners advancing, but then a blooper to center by Jerry Hairston Jr. went off the glove of a diving Franklin Gutierrez.
The play was ruled a double, with one run scoring.
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Snell then uncorked a wild pitch to bring home Swisher from third base. Snell got the final out, but now trails and has thrown 35 pitches through two innings. He’d needed just 12 to escape the first.
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7:08 p.m.: Will we get 613 comments on tonight’s game thread, just like last night? Hopefully, if we do, they will come in a little quicker because I don’t want to sit here for 14 innings again. Fun as last night was.
By the way, catcher Rob Johnson confirmed pre-game that the pickoff of Scott Podsednik at third base in last night’s 10th inning was a set-play between him and third baseman Adrian Beltre. They had noticed Podsednik wandering a little too far off the bag on each pitch.
“We both saw it and we both signaled each other,” Johnson said.
Johnson said it wasn’t that tough for him to stay so focused behind the plate for the full 14 innings.
“Not in that type of ballgame,” he said. “You’re going to be on-point about things.”
The lineups:
YANKEES (71-43)
SS Derek Jeter
LF Johnny Damon
1B Mark Teixeira
DH Hideki Matsui
RF Nick Swisher
2B Robinson Cano
CF Melky Cabrera
3B Jerry Hairston Jr.
C Jose Molina
LHP C.C. Sabathia
MARINERS (60-54)
RF Ichiro
CF Franklin Gutierrez
2B Jose Lopez
DH Mike Sweeney
1B Russell Branyan
C Kenji Johjima
3B Adrian Beltre…kidding…Jack Hannahan
SS Josh Wilson
LF Michael Saunders
RHP Ian Snell



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