Tough to generate any offense when you’ve got a bottom of the order consisting of two guys struggling to stay above the Mendoza Line, then throw in a catcher who had trouble hitting in Class AA a few weeks ago, not to mention a cleanup hitter in Michael Morse who can barely jog and…oh yeah…when your team’s best hitter, Kendrys Morales, develops back stiffness midway through the game.
Small wonder Andy Pettitte breezed through 7 1/3 innings on just 85 pitches en route to handing the Mariners a 3-1 loss.
Kyle Seager made things interesting with a leadoff single in the ninth against Mariano Rivera. That at least gave the Mariners that one-punch knockout chance with the middle of the order due up.
Unfortunately, Morales was no longer in it and Alex Liddi was. Liddi took a called strikeout and Morse went down swinging.
Raul Ibanez drew a carefully-pitched walk to put two on for Nick Franklin, who fell behind 0-2 and then went down swinging in a three-pitch at-bat.