The Mariners tied it up in the fourth, but then the Yankees retook a 2-1 lead in the fifth when Ichiro walked and took second on a single by Chris Stewart with one out. Brett Gardner then hit a potential double-play ball. But Nick Franklin dropped the ball at second in hurrying to make the throw to first to get the speedy Gardner. Franklin was given the out at second, but Ichiro took third on the play. He then scored on a two-out single to right by Jayson Nix.
In the fourth, Jason Bay and Kyle Seager singled with nobody out. Seager then helped bust up a potential double play at second by taking out the legs of Nix on a slide, leaving runners at second and third. Michael Morse then brought the run home on a sac fly to center.
Joe Saunders got a pair of quick outs, but then Mark Teixeira doubled down the left field line and Robinson Cano lined a single to right to bring the run home. Yankees lead it 1-0.
1:05 p.m.: Brandon Bantz makes his MLB debut today as the second half of a battery with Joe Saunders. The Mariners have Felix Hernandez going tomorrow, so if they can somehow prevail in this game they will have a shot at taking three of four in the series.
But today remains a huge question mark, naturally. “Safeco Joe” or not, the Mariners will have to score some runs against Andy Pettitte.