Yanks take rubber game from Mariners 6-2

Trenton wins behind Murphy, Marshall
Fan Confidence Poll: August 6th, 2012

It wasn’t the greatest homestand for the Yankees, but they beat the Mariners on Sunday afternoon to finish with a 4-5 record during the recent stretch in the Bronx. Again, not the greatest, but it could have been a whole lot worse.

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

All About Raul

The Yankees scored a run in the first (Mark Teixeira infield single), the second (Curtis Granderson reached on an error), and the fourth (Derek Jeter single), but it wasn’t until the fifth and sixth that they really blew things open. Raul Ibanez crushed a solo homer over the home bullpen and into the left field bleachers in the fifth, then tacked on a two-run single in the sixth. The second was a classic nice piece of hitting as they say, a 3-2 pitch away from left-hander Oliver Perez that Raul served over the shortstop’s head and into shallow right. Ibanez has just eight hits off lefties this year (41 PA), but he hung in well against the hard-throwing Perez and gave his club some breathing room.

Four of New York’s six runs scored with two outs, which is always nice to see. They still managed to go 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position but I don’t really care. The Yankees plated runs in five of their eight offensive innings and had at least least one baserunner in every inning. Heck, they had at least two baserunners in seven of eight offensive innings. Pretty solid job.

Steady Freddy

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

It looked like Freddy Garcia had a whole bunch of nothing in the first inning, surrendering a single on the very first pitch of the game and retiring just two of the six men he faced in the inning. One of those two exceptions was a sacrifice bunt, and the third out of the inning came when Jesus Montero was thrown out at the plate after running through the third base coach’s stop sign. It was not a confidence inspiring inning, let’s put it that way.

But, as he always seems to do, Freddy settled down and skirted through the next four innings relatively unscathed. He allowed a two-out run on a little poke single from Montero in the fifth, but otherwise held down the fort. Garcia walked four, struck out only two, and threw only 85 pitches in those five innings. The bullpen was pretty well rested; Joe Girardi did a good job of getting his fifth starter out of there before the Mariners started making noise. It wasn’t pretty, but it was the 150th win of Freddy Garcia’s career. Congrats to him.

Lock Down Bullpen

The bullpen really shined after Freddy exited, retiring 12 of the 13 men they faced with zero hits. The one baserunner was a walk by David Robertson. Boone Logan threw two perfect innings and Rafael Soriano threw a perfect ninth, his first game action in a week. Oddly enough, they only struck out one batter. Those three guys came into the game with a combined 11.5 K/9 and 30.3 K%. Won’t see that often.

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Ichiro Suzuki extended his exactly-one-hit streak to an even dozen games, though this hit was a routine fly ball to center that Michael Saunders lost in the sun and played into a double. It really should have been an error, bright sun an all. Ichiro‘s streak is the longest hitting streak to start a Yankees career since Don Slaught also hit safely in 12 straight back in 1988. I’m still playing around with the Play Index to find the longest exactly-one-hit streak in baseball history — it’s a pretty intense query and the system keeps timing out, so I’ve had to break it up into smaller searches — but the longest I’ve found so far is a 16-gamer by Ted Sizemore for the 1975 Cardinals.

The top five hitters in the order went a combined 8-for-21 (.381) with three walks, all by Teixeira. Chris Stewart had a great day at the plate, with a single, a double, and a walk in four trips. He also scored the team’s first two runs of the afternoon and stole a base, though that was a bit of good timing — he just happened to go at the same time as a wild pitch, so it was an uncontested steal.

The Yankees drew five walks as a team for just the third time in their last 18 games, or 16.7%. In their first 89 games, it was five or more walks 28.1% of the time. That’s a bit of a chicken or the egg thing — did the Yankees struggle offensive those few days because they weren’t drawing walks, or were they not drawing walks because they were pressing and trying to force the issue? Either way, more free passes please.

Box Score, WPA Graph & Standings

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some additional stats, and ESPN the updated standings. The Orioles beat the Rays, so the lead in the division remains seven in the loss column over Baltimore. Tampa and the Red Sox are eight and eleven games back, respectively.

Source: FanGraphs

Up Next

The Yankees are off to Detroit for a four-game series against the scorching hot Tigers. Ivan Nova and Justin Verlander will open the series on Monday night, their second head-to-head meeting of the season. The first had an interesting ending.

Trenton wins behind Murphy, Marshall
Fan Confidence Poll: August 6th, 2012
  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Greg is a chauvinist pig.

    PHEW, glad I got that off my chest.

  • https://twitter.com/Mattpat11 Matt DiBari

    Yankees have won three of four. Makes the homestand look better.

  • Rich in NJ

    Stewart has exceeded my expectations…yeah, they were that low. He should probably play more.

    • http://yankeesblogtbnl.blogspot.com Derek

      He plays enough already and would get exposed otherwise. Martin has shown signs of turning it around offensively. Plus he’s been due for some correction when you look at BABIP and LD%

  • Mike N

    They just showed and mocked the shit out of Kawasaki’s pathetic “fake steal” from first on Sportscenter! HAHAHAHAHAH!!!

    • The Real Greg

      It was hilarious

  • Anthony

    Good win, the game thread kept me quite entertained throughout the hell that is Newark Airport.

  • jim p

    Four of New York’s six runs scored with two outs

    just my imagination, or have the Yanks been scoring a lot of 2-out runs this year? If so that makes the RISP Fail this year less worrisome.

  • Vinnie

    Ichiro’s Unflattering 12-Game Hitting Streak

    You can say whatever you want about Ichiro Suzuki—that he’s too old, that he’s past his prime, that he’s overrated. All of that may be true. But at this point, nobody who has watched Ichiro play for the Yankees can deny this: He’s nothing if not consistent.

    Ichiro Suzuki

    Ichiro has recorded exactly one hit in every single one of his 12 games since coming to New York, giving him one of the least impressive hitting streaks in baseball history. He went 1 for 3 in Sunday’s 6-2 win over the Mariners, only extending the streak because center fielder Michael Saunders lost a routine pop-up in the sun.

    Since 1921, only nine players have appeared in more consecutive games in which they collected exactly one hit. Ted Sizemore currently holds the “record,” going 16 straight games for the Cardinals in 1975. Alex Gonzalez of the Marlins went 15 straight games with one hit in 2005. Most recently, Willy Aybar did it in 13 straight for the Dodgers in 2006.

    Ichiro’s production with the Yankees thus far almost defies logic. An extended hitting streak almost always means a player is hot at the plate. By virtually every measure, Ichiro is not exactly hot—he’s batting just .261 over this 12-game stretch, with only three of those hits going for extra bases. By way of contrast, Marlins shortstop Jose Reyes is hitting .371 during his current 24-game streak, which he extended Sunday.

    As for Ichiro, he tied Don Slaught on Sunday for the longest hitting streak to begin a Yankee career. Considering he is hitting just .261 overall this season, the Yankees will take whatever they can get.
    — Jared Diamond
    Streaks of Mediocrity

    Here are the players with the longest hitting streaks—with just one hit in each game—since 1921.
    Player Team year Length of Streak
    Ted Sizemore Cardinals 1975 16

    Alex Gonzalez
    Marlins 2005 15

    Brian Downing
    Angels 1987 14

    Don Blasingame
    Reds 1962 14

    Red Schoendienst
    Milwaukee Braves 1958 14

    Willy Aybar
    Dodgers 2006 13

    Dante Bichette
    Rockies 1995 13

    Jeff Gardner
    Padres 1993 13

    Dee Fondy
    Pirates 1957 13

    • sevrox


  • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

    “Those three guys came into the game with a combined 11.5 K/9 and 30.3 K%. Won’t see that often.”

    Tides go in. Tides goes out. Can’t explain that.

    • YanksFanInBeantown

      Fucking magnets, how do they work?

      • OMG! Bagels!

        Donnie says vacuum

    • Knoxvillain

      Bread goes in, toast comes out. You can’t explain that.

  • Kosmo

    For me one of the low points of the season thus far was Garcia giving up back to back walks to Kawasaki and Figgins. Alls well that ends well.

    • The Real Greg

      But without the walk to Kawasaki, we wouldn’t have seen his awesome deke.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      If one of the low points of the season to you is back-to-back walks, this must be a hell of a season.

      • OMG! Bagels!

        I wish those were my low points. My soul was crushed one afternoon in Kansas City when a certain reliever was shagging fly balls. But hey, back to back walks can also be soul crushing. I guess.

  • Eddard

    This was a game we had to have. We couldn’t lose 2/3 at home to that team and then go on the road against a better team and their ace. I know we’ve hit Verlander this year but that isn’t going to happen all the time against a pitcher like him. We don’t have A-Rod this time but we do have Ichrio, who is sure to get exactly 1 hit per game for the rest of the season.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      We HAD to have the game, but the division’s in the bag. Gotcha.

  • TomH

    Based on the West Coast trip and on the mediocre home stand, it’s either (a) hard to assume anything but serious trouble against their next 5 opponents, or (b) time to expect a turnaround.

    Of the two, I naturally incline towards (a). The Jays should be the easiest of the bunch, but in their own park they’re often really tough on NY.

    We ought to know a lot more about the Yankees’ prospects after these 17 games. I suspect that all the AL East teams will be bunched up when it’s over.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Nice game. Freddy does enough to get the job done again. Nice performance by Logan which hopefully signifies the beginning of the end of that bump in the road. I love the team pulling away in the late innings. Just the kind of game I like.