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June 29, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Yankees, Tuesday, June 29: M’s win 7-4

Yankees score two in ninth, but Mariners hold on for a 7-4 win as Cliff Lee turns in his third straight complete game. His trade value has risen tonight.
MARINERS EIGHTH: I’ve been pounding out my game story. Cliff Lee seems to have this game well in hand, as long as Nick Swisher doesn’t clone himself. With 90 pitches, we’ll see if he can turn in his third consecutive complete game. 7-2 Mariners.
MARINERS SIXTH: The M’s break the game open with three more off Phil Hughes, knock him out. Jack Wilson gets a two-out RBI single after the Yankees walk Gutierrez intentionally, then Johnson drives a two-run double to make it 7-1.
YANKEES FIFTH: Lee gives up a leadoff single to Granderson, but gets the next three easily. He’s pitching another gem. 4-1 Mariners.
MARINERS FIFTH:Man, Russ Branyan is rubbing off on this team already. Rob Johnson leads off with a double to right, moves to third on Michael Saunders’ sac bunt, and scores on Ichiro’s sac fly to right. The M’s have had the leadoff man on in four straight innings off Hughes. Hate to jump to conclusions, but a 4-1lead with Lee on the mound feels fairly safe, even against the Yankees. 4-1 Mariners.
YANKEES FOURTH: Lee is really rolling now, putting down the Yankees 1-2-3. A-Rod sent Gutierrez to the track for the first out. 3-1 Mariners.
MARINERS FOURTH: Franklin Gutierrez, hitting sixth in the order for the first time this season, hit his seventh homer with two outs to give the M’s a 3-1 lead. Milton Bradley led off with a single but was erased when Teixeira snared Lopez’s liner and easily doubled him off. 3-1 Mariners.
YANKEES THIRD: The Yankees have scored 409 runs this year heading into this game. Only the Red Sox, with 423, have more — in two more games. They got a one-out single from Jeter in the third, but he was stranded there. 2-1 Mariners.
MARINERS THIRD: M’s take a 2-1 lead on Ichiro’s RBI single after Michael Saunders’ leadoff double in his first Yankee Stadium at-bat. But Chone Figgins grounds sharply into a DP to squelch a further rally. 2-1 Mariners.
YANKEES SECOND: Unless my eyes deceived me, Cliff Lee walked Jorge Posada with one out on a 3-2 pitch. Thus ended his streak off 144 batters, and 38 1/3 innings, without a base on balls. It was just his fith of the season in 88 2/3 innings. But after Granderson singled, Lee got a double-play ball from Chad Huffman to end the inning. Lee’s last walk was to Nick Punto on June 2, fifth inning, vs. Minnesota. 1-1.
MARINERS SECOND: They tie it up on an uneared run. Jose Lopez starts it off with a double into the left-field corner, a ball that would have been a triple for anyone without a piano on their back. Franklin Gutierrez singled to center, and Lopez scored when Curtis Granderson not only booted the ball, but had it slip out of his hand after picking it up. Lopez had stopped after the boot, but raced home when the ball was dropped by Granderson. Gutierrez was caught stealing on a puzzling play in which he stopped running as he neared second. That ended a streak of 12 successful steals by the M’s. 1-1.
YANKEES FIRST: Nick Swisher hits just the fourth home run off Lee this season (on a 2-1 count) to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. But Lee extended his streak of walkless innings to 38, and has now faced 143 batters without issuing a walk. 1-0 Yankees.
David Aardsma will be back at closer after flying back late last night from Seattle, where he was present at the birth of his son on Saturday night. He had flown home from Milwaukee on Saturday morning and arrived at the hospital at about noon. Andrea Aardsma gave birth to David Zachary Aardsma around 8:05 p.m.
“I can’t imagine anything that compares with that,” he said. “Holding him for the first time was amazing.”
Tonight will be the Cliff Lee show…or more accurately, the Cliff Lee showcase. If he can handle the might Yankees, it will only add to his value.
Charlie Kerfeld, a Phillies’ special assistant, is here to see tonight’s game, along with numerous other scouts.

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