The Yankees salvaged the finale of their three-game set with the Mariners via a 7-1 beatdown. The team used a five-run third inning to put the game out of reach. Every Yankee starter had at least one hit while CC was in complete beast mode. Victory was imperative today following two heartbreakers on Friday and Saturday.
The win came on the 16th anniversary of Derek Jeter’s big league debut, which, ironically, also came in Seattle at the Kingdome. Since that 0-for-5 showing, Jeter has compiled, among many other accolades, 2,980 hits and 1,406 regular season wins — the most of any Yankee (the Mick is second with 1,376).
Highlights included a Swish Dog home run, Eddie Nunez’ first career triple with a hilarious slide, two Grandy doubles, a three-run double from Andruw Jones and an RBI single and stolen base from Cano. Robbie tied his career high with his fifth stolen base on the year, and is 5-for-6 on attempts in 51 games this season whereas he had been 20-for-43 in 894 games from 2005-2010.
The team went 4-for-11 with RISP on Sunday after going 2-for-15 in such situations over the course of the first two games.
To compliment the offense, CC (6-3) threw a great game. He went eight innings and yielded one run on five hits with five strikeouts to three walks. He threw 118 pitches and 77 went for strikes. His last three games have been incredible and all at least eight innings, with the gem against the O’s and the complete game against the Blue Jays.
The big guy has owned Seattle recently; in his last five games against the team coming in, he was 5-0 with a 0.75 ERA, .167 BAA, and he was 4-0 with a 0.60 ERA in his last four at Safeco before today.
Lance Pendleton threw a one-hit ninth to close it out.
The Yanks will now head to Oakland for a three-game set starting tomorrow. Cy Colon will be on the hill in the opener against Trevor Cahill at 4:05.
LET’S GO YANKS!!!