New York Yankees Game Recap: Yankees Ninth Inning Rally Falls Short
A furious New York Yankees´ ninth inning rally fell just short as they were defeated by the Seattle Mariners 4-3 on a muggy afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
The Mariners jumped on top in the first inning . Robinson Cano hit a monstrous two-run home run off of Michael Pineda that soared into Monument Park. As Cano circled the bases, he was haunted by the reality that the ball landed in a place that he, himself, will never be honored. [related category]
Seattle´s lead held up until the bottom of the fourth. Mark Teixeira lined a long single to right field. That brought up Brian McCann. McCann jumped on a fastball by Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma, launching the ball over the right-centerfield wall to tie the score at 2-2.
As Yogi Berra would explicate, the sixth was déjà vu all over again. After Seattle´s Kyle Seager singled to right, Cano hit his second home run of the game to put the Mariners back on top 4-2. It was Cano´s 14th multi home run
game of his career.
The Yankees threatened to bounce right back in the bottom half of the inning. Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner opened the inning with back to back singles. But Alex Rodriguez, Teixeira and McCann left them stranded. McCann ripped the ball to the alley, a drive that could have brought home two runs to tie the score, but it did not fall in for a hit.
Didi Gregorius doubled with two out in the seventh. That brought up Rob Refsnyder. Although Refsnyder grounded out to end the inning, Manager Joe Girardi showed confidence in him by leaving him in with a chance to bring in the run.
In the ninth, Teixeira started it off with a double. After McCann struck out swinging, Chase Headley also struck out, but he reached anyway when the pitch bounced away. Chris Young came in to run for Headley. Teixeira scored on a Garrett Jones out to make it 4-3. But Gregorius grounded out to end the game.
Pineda´s primary struggle was that his slider was ineffective throughout. He allowed six hits and four runs in six innings. The Yankees have now won four of five games against the Mariners this season.
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