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August 5, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Yankees, Aug. 5: Mariners lose, 6-2

A forgettable effort for Mariners — sloppy defense and just five hits.
MARINERS EIGHTH: Not much in the way of offense today. Seager walked with two outs, ending a stretch of nine straight outs, but Thames flied out. M’s have five hits through eight (three in the first, two in the fifth), and trail 6-2.
YANKEES SEVENTH: Ichiro’s hitting streak lives on, with some big help from the sun. He hit a routine fly to center, but Saunders lost it,and it dropped safely for a double (it actually hit Saunders on the leg). That’s 12 straight games with a hit since Ichiro’s trade to the Yankees — and he has one hit in each of them. Shawn Kelley came into the game and got out of trouble without giving up a run. 6-2 Yankees.
YANKEES SIXTH: The Yankees get another big two-out hit, this time from Ibanez, who singles off Oliver Perez, just over leaping Kawasaki to drive in two with the bases loaded. If Kawasaki were just a little taller, Yankes wouldn’t have three of their six runs today. 6-2 Yankees.
YANKEES FIFTH: They get the run right back on a one-out homer by Raul Ibanez, his 15th. Iwakuma also hit Ichiro in the right leg later in the inning — the second time the Mariners have hit him since the trade. But I don’t think there was any intent. 4-2 Yankees.
MARINERS FIFTH: A two-out Seattle rally cuts New York’s lead to 3-2. Saunders doubled off the wall in right-center (their first hit since the first) and came home on a bloop single by Montero, who has two hits against a right-hander today. Jaso walked to move the tying run to second, but Seager grounded out.
YANKEES FOURTH: A two-out run for the Yankees on a single by Jeter, scoring CHris Stewart from second. Stewart had singled and stole second (on a pitch in the dirt that got by Montero. Stewart, the No. 9 hitter, is 2-for-2 and has scored twice. 3-1 Yankees.
MARINERS FOURTH: That didn’t take long. Trayvon Robinson hit a rope, but right at Teixeira. Not much oomph in the bottom of Mariners order today. 2-1 Yankees.
YANKEES THIRD: Shaky start for Iwakuma as Cano singles and Teixeira walks. But three flies later, the inning is over. Ichiro, with 11-game hitting streak as Yankee, is 0-for-2. It’s 2-1 Yankees.
MARINERS THIRD: A two-out walk by Jaso, but Seager flied out to left. Ichiro battled the sun but hung on to grab it. 2-1 Yankees.
YANKEES SECOND: An unearned run gives the Yankees a 2-1 lead as Ackley lets Granderson’s hard grounder go through his legs. Chris Stewart, who had reached on a two-out double, scored from second.
MARINERS SECOND: Garcia went wild with two outs, walking the No. 8 and 9 hitters — Kawasaki (.189) and Figgins (.181). But he gets away with it as Ackley flies out to center. 1-1
YANKEES FIRST: Iwakuma needed 28 pitches to get out of the inning, as the Yankees tied it and left runners on the corners. A key play came when Cano delivered a one-out single with Jeter on first. Saunders threw to third to try for Jeter. Figgins cut the ball off to try to nail Cano taking second and had a shot, but Figgins dropped the ball on the transfer and everyone was safe. Another tough play was Teixeira’s slow roller to the right side against the shift — so slow that he beat it out for an RBI single. 1-1
MARINERS FIRST: They get a run, but miss out on getting more when Jesus Montero runs through the stop sign of third-base coach Jeff Datz and is thrown out at the plate trying to score from second on Seager’s single. Montero had singled home Dustin Ackley, who led off with a single, was bunted to second by Saunders, and took third on a wild pitch. 1-0 Mariners
The Mariners go for a series win, with Hisashi Iwakuma, fresh off his 13-strikeout gem, facing ex-Mariner Freddy Garcia, who pitched seven innings against Seattle last week at Safeco Field, giving up five hits and three runs in a 4-2 loss to the Mariners.
Here are some additional notes on Felix Hernandez’s brilliant Saturday performance, compiled by the Mariners’ PR staff, with help from ESPN, Elias and baseball-reference.com:
•Became the 3rd pitcher since 1930 with two shutouts allowing 2 hits or fewer at Yankee Stadium (Jim Palmer and Billy Hoeft).
•Tossed his second shutout at new Yankee Stadium (opened in 2009), as many as all NYY pitchers combined
•Led the Mariners to their first 1-0 win vs. the Yankees on the road since May 17, 1991.
•Recorded the first 1-0 shutout by a visiting pitcher at Yankee Stadium (new or old) since Greg Swindell Sept. 6, 1988.
•Recorded his 3rd shutout this season to tie Brandon Morrow for the MLB lead.
•With Felix’s third shutout this season (also: 6/28 vs. BOS & 7/14 vs. TEX) became the 10th Mariner in club history to record 3+ shutouts in a season (Johnson-3, Langston-2, Vargas, Garcia, Moyer, Fleming, Holman, Moore, Bannister)…7th career shutout tying Floyd Bannister for 4th all-time in club history.
•Recorded his 5th career win in a 1-0 game setting the club record (Randy Johnson 2nd with 4 W)…2nd CG shutout in 1-0 game, both this season.
•Is 5-2 with a 2.06 ERA (12 ER, 52.1 IP) in 7 starts vs. Yankees in New York, including 4-1, 1.13 (5 ER, 39.2 IP) with 2 shutouts at the new Yankee Stadium.
•Is 6-0 with a 1.41 ERA (12 ER, 76.1 IP), 3 shutouts, 75 strikeouts, 14 walks, only 1 HR allowed and a .195 opp avg (53×272) over his last 10 starts (since 6/17). Lowered season ERA from 3.70 to 2.63 during stretch.
•Was Felix’s 9th start this season with at least 8.0 innings pitched while allowing 1 or fewer runs (next closest are Bartolo Colon and R.A. Dickey with 5)…Felix had 13 such starts during his Cy Young season in 2010.

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