When your utility infielder pitches, in a game it usually isn’t a good sign. Alberto Gonzalez did just that tonight as the Yankees fell to the Seattle Mariners 12-2. This was one of those games throughout the season that you just end up taking and throwing away.
Phil Hughes got the start and didn’t make it through the first inning. Hughes got the first hitter out and it went downhill from there. Dustin Ackley walked, followed by three straight singles brought home two runs. Justin Smoak walked and then Raul Ibanez hit a grand slam to make it 6-0. Jesus Montero singled and two batters later, Michael Saunders doubled to knock out Hughes.
The Yanks got a run in the bottom half of the first when Vernon Wells hit his 10th homer of the year. The score stayed that way til the fifth when Ibanez hit another homer to make it 9-1. Chris Stewart followed in the bottom half with his third of the year. The Mariners got three more in the sixth when Kyle Seager hit a three-run homer, his fifth of the year.
YGY Player OF The Game: Ibanez
Notes: Chris Nelson was DFA’d before the game and David Adams was added. Adams started at third and got his first major league hit. Joba Chamberlain started on Tuesday in AAA and may be activated as soon as tomorrow off the DL. Mark Teixeira feels he can come back before the end of the month.