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May 14, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Mariners didn’t do enough damage against C.C. Sabathia, bullpen when given the chance

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Look, I watched the game as well and I know that Charlie Furbush didn’t get the strike calls he needed in that seventh inning. I know that plate umpire Jerry Layne had a rather interesting strike zone for most of the night and wasn’t thrilled by the interpretation on that obstruction call in the fourth.

But hey, folks. Welcome to Yankee Stadium.

The rule employed here over the years by many a visiting team — and many of them much better than the Mariners — has been a simple one. If you need an umpire’s call to go your way to win, then you probably are not going to win a game at this ballpark.

In other words, yes, the Mariners losing 4-3 here to the Yankees might be linked directly to some non-strike calls against Brett Gardner and Robinson Cano when facing Furbush in the seventh.

But more importantly, the Mariners stranded 11 men on base. They did not get a hit with a runner in scoring position tonight. The only run-scoring hit they had with a man on base — other than a Raul Ibanez homer — was a double by Kyle Seager in the third.

They had the bases loaded in the fourth and didn’t score. They left a man on second in the third and the fifth.

The Mariners had two on in the second inning and came away empty.

All that was against C.C. Sabathia, who had to throw 112 pitches to get through 6 1/3 frames.

“I thought our guys did a nice job of fighting him and making him work and doing some things,’’ Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “But we never really had that knockout blow there to really separate.’’


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