Good evening everyone. We’re counting down to first pitch as the Mariners and Yankees get ready to start a three-game series. Seattle, 3-0 head-to-head this season, sends Hisashi Iwakuma to the mound.
New York (31-31) counters with leftie Vidal Nuno after the dream matchup between Iwakuma and Masahiro Tanaka was ruined by a recent Yankees’ rainout. Derek Jeter will be honored before the game as this marks his final trip to Seattle, where he actually recorded his first hit back in 1995.
I’ll post updates below, and you know what to do in the comments section.
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7:15 p.m. — Jeter, who gets a nice reception, singles in the first, the 3,371st hit of his career. He eventually scores on a Carlos Beltran double. The Yankees make it 2-0 when Brad Miller does well to grab a Brian McCann grounder up the middle but pulls Willie Bloomquist off the bag at first. Iwakuma throws 26 pitches. New York takes a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the first.
7:27 p.m. — Odd to hear Robinson Cano booed by this bipartisan crowd at home. He promptly doubles to left to increase his hitting streak to eight games. Cano then scores on a sharp single up the middle by Cole Gillespie, hitting cleanup for the first time. 2-1 Yankees.
7:45 p.m. — Iwakuma at 45 pitches through two, but gets the ol’ strike ’em out, get ’em in a rundown double play to end the inning.
7:48 p.m. — Ichiro with a fine leaping catch on Kyle Seager to rob the third baseman of extra bases. Ichiro got a nice ovation as he rolled and tumbled into the wall. Both teams hitting the ball hard tonight.
8:01 p.m. — Kuma gets his first 1-2-3 inning in the third.
8:11 p.m. — That’s seven in a row now for Iwakuma, who has faced the minimum through the last three. Yankees still lead 2-1.
8:22 p.m. — The Mariners get two in scoring position and Michael Saunders nearly brings them home, but Jacoby Ellsbury made a leaping catch at the wall to retire the inning.
8:32 p.m. — The M’s gave Jeter a gift earlier. Umpire Chris Segal gave Jeter a gift there.
8:34 p.m. — Makeup call on Ellsbury.
8:49 p.m. — Kuma and Nuno keep putting up zeros. The M’s starter does has two walks tonight, his fifth and sixth of the year, matching a season low for a game.
8:54 p.m. — Dellin Betances in for Nuno with two outs in the 6th. Chavez pinch hitting for Gillespie.
8:58 p.m. — Both teams only able to scatter two hits over five innings following the quick starts.
9:14 p.m. — The Mariners pull even when Dustin Ackley lines a two-out single over leaping second baseman Brian Roberts to score Mike Zunino from second. Zunino got aboard when he was hit by a pitch and moved to scoring position on a wild pitch.
9:16 p.m. — Attendance: 28,405
9:22 p.m. — Kuma back out. Gardner just foul on a potential go-ahead homer. Then flies out to deep center.
9:23 p.m. — Jeter with a ground-rule double and Kuma is coming out after 109 pitches.
9:40 p.m. — Apologies for the lack of updates. Writing duties. Yankees up 3-2 going into the ninth.
Final — Yankees get their first win of the season against the M’s. Jeter reaches base three times on the night he’s honored and scores the winning run.