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August 22, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Mariners at New York Yankees: Aug. 22, 2010 game thread

Chris Seddon replaced Luke French after the 57-minute rain delay and promptly walked three batters and gave up a “double” to Eduardo Nunez that stopped dead in a puddle in front of Ichiro. Instead of a single, it became a double, Derek Jeter hit a sacrifice fly and then Robinson Cano a two-run single to make it an 8-0 game.
Seddon was done, Brian Sweeney came on to pitch and Jorge Posada just hit a solo homer to lead off the seventh, making it 9-0.
Only good news for M’s? The rain forced C.C. Sabathia to come out of the game. So, he only gets to dominate the M’s for six innings. Bad news? The M’s can’t hit the Yankees bullpen either.

11:33 a.m.: Luke French had used the double-play ball and some pop-ups to escape jams up until now. But he couldn’t outrun the Yankees in the fifth inning, falling behind 5-0 on a grand slam by Robinson Cano. The blast was a first-pitch no-doubter into the bleachers beyond the bullpen in right center.
New York loaded the bases on a one-out walk to Derek Jeter, then a long fly ball to the warning track in right by Nick Swisher that Ichiro had pop out of his glove. Ichiro then bobbled the ball trying to pick it up, allowing Swisher to advance to second on the error and Jeter to take third.
Mark Teixeira was intentionally walked and the next pitch was belted out of the park. It was the 10th slam of the season for the Yankees, tying a team mark set back in 1987. French has now issued five walks in five innings, one intentional. It’s raining pretty heavily now, so they could call this thing at any time.
11:20 a.m.: New York leads 1-0 on a solo homer to left by Austin Kearns with two out in the bottom of the fourth inning. The rain came pounding down after that, but they managed to get in the top of the fifth, with the M’s squandering a leadoff double by Franklin Gutierrez.
Casey Kotchman flied out to center, then Adam Moore singled off the end of his bat into right field. The ball didn’t appear to be hit all that hard, but a charging Nick Swisher still picked it up rather quickly and gunned down Gutierrez at the plate.
Third base coach Lee Tinsley appeared to try to hold Gutierrez up at the very last moment, but the runner kept on going. Jorge Posada had the plate blocked, so Gutierrez tried to go around. Not sure Gutierrez ever touched the plate or whether Posada ever tagged him.
But he was ruled out.
The game is now official. The rain has actually tapered off, so they’re still playing.
10:43 a.m.: Still scoreless after two innings thanks to some clutch pitching by Luke French in the second. The Yankees loaded the bases with one out after two French walks and an error by Jose Lopez on a potential double-play ball.
But French got Eduardo Nunez to pop out just behind first base. Nice play by Casey Kotchman on the over-the-shoulder catch of the blooper. Derek Jeter then popped out to center to end the inning.
Three walks issued by French already. That does not bode well.
M’s have gone six up, six down versus C.C. Sabathia.
10:03 a.m.: Michael Saunders isn’t playing today, the result of his shoulder still bothering him. Saunders could feel the shoulder while taking some swings during yesterday’s game. Mariners manager Daren Brown said he could see Saunders wasn’t completely right while taking some of those swings against Mariano Rivera in a key seventh-inning at-bat with two on and two out in a 7-4 game.
Otherwise, Brown said, he’d have started Saunders in left today. Instead, it will be Matt Tuiasosopo.
On the mound, we’ve got Luke French facing C.C. Sabathia. Yep, about as bad a mismatch as you could get if you’re the M’s. I know French has pitched rather well since coming up on Aug. 1 but against this lineup, things could turn ugly real fast. He’d better have that change-up working. Or hope that all the rain we had this morning left some moisture in the air and helps keep balls in the park.
The lineups:
RF Ichiro
2B Chone Figgins
DH Russell Branyan
3B Jose Lopez
CF Franklin Gutierrez
1B Casey Kotchman
C Adam Moore
LF Matt Tuiasosopo
SS Josh Wilson
LHP Luke French
SS Derek Jeter
RF Nick Swisher
1B Mark Teixeira
2B Robinson Cano
DH Marcus Thames
C Jorge Posada
LF Austin Kearns
CF Brett Gardner
3B Eduardo Nunez
LHP C.C. Sabathia

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