May 15, 2013 at 6:57 PM
Raul Ibanez and Mariners destroy the Yankees in New York
The Bronx Bombers were running for some shelter underground in the first inning and never really found it as the Mariners pounded them throughout in a 12-2 victory.
Hisashi Iwakuma won’t have it much easier than that. The first of two homers by Raul Ibanez, a grand slam in the first off Phil Hughes, helped Seattle to a 7-0 lead and the Mariners never looked back.
Iwakuma went seven innings, allowed a pair of solo homers and improved to 5-1 on the season.
Ibanez later added a two-run blast for his third homer in two nights here. Kyle Seager had a three-run homer as well.
When Brendan Ryan legged out an infield single in the ninth, every Mariners starter had at least one hit. The Mariners hadn’t done that since just under a year ago in Texas during a 21-8 rout of the Rangers.
The Mariners needed a game like this after last night’s tough 4-3 defeat to the Yankees in a game they led 3-0 in the sixth inning. In that game, the Mariners failed to capitalize on numerous scoring opportunities both early and late and stranded 11 runners on base.
That wound up costing them when some late-game strike calls failed to go their way.
In this game, the umpire calls didn’t mean a thing. The game was already over before Iwakuma even took the mound because the Mariners didn’t miss when Hughes gave them a shot in the first.
That was all the difference.