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June 8, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Mariners manage just four hits in loss to Yankees

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera struck out Nick Franklin on three pitches to end today's 3-1 loss by the Mariners.

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera struck out Nick Franklin on three pitches to end today’s 3-1 loss by the Mariners.

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.

 

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