Yanks Sweep Mariners, approach .500 mark
ProBaseball-fans.com New York Yankees Correspondent Brian Tervo brings us his latest update on the Bronx Bombers.
The Yankees picked up their hitting in their home series against the Seattle Mariners this weekend as they had a total of 37 hits in the three game series. Most of the offense came from Giambi, Matsui, Abreu and Cano who combined for 22 of those Yankee hits. The series proved successful for Giambi and Cano who had both been struggling this year offensively.
Andy Pettitte won his fourth game of the season in his game one victory over Seattle. He recorded a season high eight strikeouts and allowed only two earned runs. An eight-run 5th inning which brought 13 batters to the plate sealed the win early for the Yankees. Seattle starter Erik Bedard was knocked out of the game in the fifth and Yankees went on to win the game 13-2.
The hot-hitting for the Yankees continued in game two. The Yankees recorded 12 runs on 16 hits in a 12-6 victory. Mussina, who pitched only five innings in order to allow Joba Chamberlain to pitch a couple of innings, received the win. Chamberlain, who the Yankees are trying to move into a starting position, threw 40 pitches in order to ease him into that starting role. Every Yankee starter, except for Jeter, had at least one hit. Cano led the Yankees in hitting going four for four while Abreu went two for five with a two run homer and four RBI. Giambi went three for four with a three run blast in the 2nd inning.
The Yankees came from behind in game three for their first come from behind win after the seventh inning. A four-run eighth inning led to a 6-5 victory for the Yankees and their fifth straight win. None of Seattle’s three relievers who pitched the eighth were effective. Seth Green walked Jeter to start the inning. Arthur Rhodes, who replaced Green, gave up a two run double to Abreu cutting Seattle’s lead to two. J.J. Putz replaced Rhodes and walked AROD and then made a bad throw over first basemen Richie Sexon’s head which allowed Abreu to score and sent Rodriguez to third. Cano then drove Rodriguez in with a sacrifice fly. The Yankee’s four runs were enough to hold off the Mariners who were unable to score in the ninth which led to Mariano Rivera’s twelfth save of the year. Edwar Ramirez was credited with the win who came in during the seventh for Chien-Ming Wang who gave up the five Mariner runs.
The Yankees’ winning streak ended in Baltimore today (May 26), however, with a 6-1 loss. Game two of the series is tomorrow (May 27) at 7:05 and game three is Wednesday (May 28) at 7:05. The Yankees hope to win the next two in order to move past Baltimore and out of last place in the American League East.
By Brian Tervo
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