The Yankees were patiently waiting for the day when their bats would finally go on a power surge. After going the last couple weeks scoring four runs or less, the offense finally came alive, as the Yankees completed the sweep against the Mariners by a final score of 6-3.
Mariners’ starting pitcher Roenis Elias made a quick exit from the game, only lasting 3.1 innings, giving up 6 ER on six hits, while walking three, and striking out four. Derek Jeter was a contributor to the damage, as he went 3-for-4 with two RBI. Jacoby Ellsbury also had a big night at the plate, going 1-for-3 with a two run homer in the first inning to get the Yankees on the board first. Ellsbury has now extended his hitting streak to 16 games.
What also needs to be recognized is the dominant performance Chase Whitley gave the Yankees. It has been talked about that he needs to start going deeper into ballgames, and he answered tonight. Whitley went 7.2 innings, giving up 2 ER on five hits, with zero walks and six strikeouts. He now holds the title of lasting the longest in a ballgame out of all three replacement starters, and it would be a huge boost in the rotation if he could keep that up.
The Yankees will continue their west coast trip as they begin a three-game series with the Oakland Athletics. David Phelps will be handed the ball for the Yankees, as he is looking to bounce back from his miserable last outing against the Royals. Sonny Gray will get the call for the A’s, as he is looking to get back on track as well. First pitch is scheduled for 10:10 PM EST.
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