May 16, 2013 at 4:05 PM
Game thread: Mariners 3, Yankees 2, bottom of 8th
What a nailbiter this one is turning into as the Yankees scored a run in the seventh to cut Seattle’s lead to 3-2. Yoervis Medina gave up a single and a walk to start the inning, then, after a strikeout and a groundout, Robinson Cano came up with runners on second and third. Lucas Luetge came on to pitch and got the grounder he was looking for. But shortstop Brendan Ryan really had to range for it and his throw was offline. The play was ruled a hit and first baseman Kendrys Morales did a great job of keeping the ball from bouncing any further away as just the lone run scored.
Carter Capps came on and got Vernon Wells to pop out to end the inning. The Mariners could really use another run. Three doesn’t seem like it will be enough.
5:58 p.m.: Shawn Kelley keeps striking guys out — he now has all four outs tonight via the “K” — but Michael Morse tagged him for a leadoff solo homer over the center field wall in the top of the sixth to give the Mariners a 3-1 lead. The homer was the 10th by Morse and the 27th by a Mariners outfielder this season, leading all of baseball.
Oliver Perez replaced Hector Noesi in the bottom of the fifth and did some stellar work to escape a jam with runners at the corners and one out. First, Perez struck out Brett Gardner, then he got Jayson Nix to pop out and preserve a one-run lead.
That lead is now two runs and the Mariners have Perez largely to thank.
5:42 p.m.: Andy Pettitte just left the game after striking out the first two batters in the fifth inning. No word on an injury. This could be a huge break for the Mariners because Pettitte seemed to be getting into a groove. Then again, he’s been replaced by ex-Mariners reliever Shawn Kelley, who has 25 strikeouts in just 15 innings already this season.
5:10 p.m.: The Mariners loaded the bases with one out in the fourth and managed to get one run home on a two-out infield single by Brendan Ryan. So, it’s a 2-1 game, the Mariners leading. But this is starting to remind me of the series opener a bit. Seattle is by far getting the better chances in this game, but not doing a whole lot with them as this could be a much bigger lead by now.
4:44 p.m.: Hector Noesi got the first two outs of the second but then couldn’t finish and allowed the Yankees to tie it 1-1. Curtis Granderson swung into a little nibbler in the grass to Noesi’s right. Noesi bounced the throw by first baseman Kendrys Morales and Granderson wound up at second on the error.
David Adams — yes, the guy who held up the Cliff Lee trade to New York three years ago before the Mariners wound up dealing the pitcher to Texas instead — followed with a double to right center to tie it.
4:37 p.m.: Mariners manager Eric Wedge just got ejected between innings by first base ump Hunter Wendelstedt for arguing — we think — about that Raul Ibanez checked swing. It could be a combination of things since this umpiring crew hasn’t exactly distinguished itself this series. The Mariners took a 1-0 lead in that second inning after a walk by Kendrys Morales and a single by Michael Morse put two on with none out.
The Ibanez checked swing strikeout call came after that and it looked to me like the hitter held up in time. Plate ump Greg Gibson made the quick call and there was no appeal. Jesus Montero flied out after that but then Dustin Ackley delivered the two-out double to right to bring a run in.
The Mariners nearly had at least one and likely two more runs, but Ichiro made a catch of Brendan Ryan’s sinking liner to right. A very tough play for Ichiro to make but he did it.
3:55 p.m.: Well, it’s safe to say Hector Noesi never expected this opportunity, so let’s see what he does with it. It’s not like the back-end of the Seattle rotation is flawless. A strong showing here by Noesi, he might see some more opportunities down the road.