8:54 p.m.: The Mariners are finally on the board, trailing 6-1 as we head to the sixth inning. Franklin Gutierrez caused a scare when his line drive deflected off the right collarbone area of C.C. Sabathia. The ball rolled away for a single. Sabathia was tended to, but stayed in the game. Jose Lopez then bounced one up the third base line, where A-Rod promptly threw the ball away at first base.
Gutierrez came all the way around to score on what was ruled an error. I thought it should have been ruled a single and then a throwing error, but that’s just me.
8:44 p.m.: Doug Fister imploded in the fifth inning and the M’s now trail 6-0. Fister faced five batters and failed to get a single one of them out. He yielded singles to Francisco Cervelli and Derek Jeter, then an RBI single to Johnny Damon. Mark Teixeira stepped up next and jerked an 0-1 pitch over the fence in right for a three-run homer.
Fister walked A-Rod and was promptly lifted once reliever Jason Vargas could get properly warmed up. That’s the problem. Fister came off the rails so quickly, the M’s couldn’t get a reliever out there to replace him until the damage had been done. Remember, he’d allowed two runs the first four innings and his pitch count was still relatively low. It would be 79 by the time he finished, but he can go 100. That’s two bad outings in a row by Fister, who has failed to get beyond the fifth in both.
This is why he’s still a work in progress. He’ll get a shot at a back-end job next spring, but don’t count on too much more just yet.
8:19 p.m.: That was quite a home run by Hideki Matsui in the fourth inning, giving New York a 2-0 lead. Matsui’s blast hit the base of the Hit it Here Cafe in right field on a 2-2 offering from Doug Fister, who was saved the previous frame by a lunging snag of an Alex Rodriguez line drive by Matt Tuiasosopo. Tui then stepped on his bag to double off the runner and end what could have been a damaging frame for Fister.
The M’s have had their chances against C.C. Sabathia, the biggest being an Adrian Beltre leadoff double in the second. But nothing came of it. The M’s have gotten the leadoff guy on in all three innings.
8:15 p.m.: Franklin Gutierrez nearly made another saving catch on a ball that looked to be leaving the yard. But the ball popped out of Gutierrez’s glove as he attempted to make a leaping snag and fell back to the ground. Mark Teixeira wound up with a run-scoring triple on the play, giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead as we head to the second inning. Doug Fister threw 24 pitches in the first inning, something to keep an eye on.
7:05 p.m.: Can the Mariners keep up this huge sports weekend for Seattle fans tonight? Facing C.C. Sabathia and a Yankees team out to avenge last night’s walkoff finish? Stay tuned. The M’s have a Tuiasosopo in the lineup, so you never know.
Josh Wilson, ss
HP – Mike Reilly*
1B – Chuck Meriwether
2B – Laz Diaz
3B – ERic Cooper
September 19, 2009 at 9:16 PM