Yanks Get Early Lead, Win Game, Extend Streak To SixteenPosted: July 26, 2011
This one got ugly very quickly. It was essentially over after four innings. The Yankees put up some early runs and put the awful Mariners offense in a big hole. Let’s recap:
- Freddy Garcia was fantastic tonight once again. He allowed three runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out five over 7.2 innings of work. He was doing the usual: changing speeds, working both sides of the plate, and mixing in all of his pitches. He was also very economical as he was only 67 pitches through six innings. Sure it was the Mariners, but it was still very impressive.
- For this series, one key is going to be getting on the scoreboard early and burying Seattle and their offense. That’s exactly what they did tonight. Mark Teixeira had a first inning 2-run homer and after Seattle put up a run in the top of the third, Derek Jeter hit his third homer of the year, a solo jack, to make it a 3-1 game.
- The fourth inning was the turning point. It started with Nick Swisher striking out. But Russell Martin then reach on an error by Adam Kennedy followed by an infield single by Andruw Jones. Eduardo Nunez then singled which plated Martin then came a Brett Gardner single which plated Jones. Derek Jeter had an RBI fielder’s choice and then Curtis Granderson hit a sac fly. The inning was finally capped by a Teixeira RBI single.
- Jason Vargas just had some tough luck. Only four of the eight runs that he gave up were earned, but he just couldn’t seem to get out of the inning.
- The bullpen only needed to get four outs. Boone Logan got the first two and Steve Garrison made his MLB debut (finally) and got the latter two. Logan actually struck out both guys that he faced, both were lefties.
- Derek Jeter had a big day going 2 for 5 with the homer, a triple, two runs scored, and three driven in, Curtis Granderson went 1 for 2 with a walk, a ribbie, and a run scored, and Eduardo Nunez and Brett Gardner both went 2 for 4 with a run driven in and two scored. The only Yankee starters who didn’t have a hit were Robinson Cano and Russell Martin and Cano was the only one who didn’t get on base.
So the Mariners lose again, which makes it sixteen straight for them and the Yankees have two more chances to break the skid for them. Tomorrow, these same two teams will meet again as CC Sabathia will take on Doug Fister.