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 Then again, he’s been replaced by ex-Mariners reliever Shawn Kelley, who has 25 strikeouts in just 15 innings already this season.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.
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