Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Yankees West Coast Struggles Continue
The Yankees west coast struggles continued in Seattle losing to the Mariners, and ace Felix Hernandez by a score of 4-2.
Freddy Garcia was good for the Yankees going 7 1/3 innings pitched despite getting his fourth loss of the season and second straight. Garcia allowed five hits, three runs, and struck out eight batters.
Getting the final two outs in the eighth inning was and adventure after Garcia struck out Brendan Ryan, as Girardi had to use four pitchers to get the final two outs of the as Clay Rapada, Chad Qualls, Boone Logan, and Cody Eppley all made appearances before Eppley was able to get the final out of the inning.
Curtis Granderson was able to hit his 27th homerun in the first inning off King Felix, and finished 2 for 4 with two strikeouts in the game.
The Yankees suffered another big injury blow as Alex Rodriguez suffered a broken left hand in the eighth inning after getting hit by a pitch from Felix Hernandez who also hit Derek Jeter earlier in the inning, and former teammate Ichiro in the seventh.
Despite not getting a hit, Mark Teixeira was able to knock in another RBI for his 67th of the season with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.
In a game where the Yankees weren’t able to muster much offensively, newly acquired Ichiro was able to get another hit, as Ichiro went 1 for 3 in the game hitting his 16th double of the season off Hernandez.
Yankees will be looking to try and salvage the west coast trip by winning the rubber game of the series with the Mariners Wednesday afternoon as Ivan Nova (10-4, 4.10) will be facing Hisashi Iwakuma (1-2, 4.86).