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September 19, 2009 at 10:17 PM

Yankees 10, Mariners 1: Doug Fister rocked early and often

When you’re down 6-0 to the New York Yankees after four-plus innings, you can’t really look beyond the M’s starting pitcher for blame. Sure, the M’s could have done more against C.C. Sabathia after getting the leadoff guy on in the first three innings.
But Fister has to go beyond the fifth inning to be a major league starter. That’s two outings in a row he’s failed to do it. End of story right there.
Two homers by Mark Teixeira buried the M’s tonight, especially that three-run shot off Fister in the second. We saw Carlos Silva make a 27-pitch appearance in the eighth inning, giving up a run and getting pulled with two on and two out.
First off, let me say, in Silva’s defense, that Bill Hall should have caught that double by Robinson Cano. Hall appeared to be running at three-quarters speed after the ball and a healthy outfielder likely would have caught it. That’s two nights in a row it’s happened and if Ryan Langerhans still isn’t ready to go tomorrow, I’d think the team might risk throwing Michael Saunders back out there. The team is saying Langerhans has upper back stiffness. That’s why he’s been unable to go the past two nights. I was told earlier that he’d fallen ill, but we’ll go with back stiffness. Same difference. He couldn’t play.
Easier to have Saunders face Joba Chamberlain than a tough lefty like Sabathia, who won his league-leading 18th tonight with seven innings and no earned runs allowed.
Anyhow, Silva’s outing started off with a harmless grounder for an out, then the “double” to left and a hard-hit single to right for the run. He got his other out on a line drive right at Adrian Beltre. So, no, he didn’t appear to be fooling anyone all that much. But keep in mind, if Hall can run at full speed after that ball, Silva might have been out of the inning with little harm done.
Still, he has work to do.
I liked what I saw at second from Matt Tuiasosopo tonight. He made two nice plays with his glove, both to his right, on a ground ball and line drive. He also got the tag down and was in position for the throw from Hall on a nice play made by the left fielder on a ball off the wall by Francisco Cervelli.
But that’s it. Savor that Huskies win, folks, because this game was ugly.

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