Despite some cloudy skies to start today, the sun won the day by the end of the 3 hour game. And in a reversal of fortunes, the Yankees did not, though they certainly gave it their best shot. Perhaps, it had to do with the fact the weather went from tolerable to just hot and humid.
Michael Pineda took the start against the visiting Mariners, throwing 105 pitches through his 6 innings. Honestly, Pineda did a pretty good job save a couple of pitches that found their way over the fences — 6 hits, 4 runs (off 2 home runs), 2 walks, and 2 strikeouts. It would be the former Yankee Cano that remembered what it was like to hit in the Bronx (though this year’s stats for him certainly haven’t come close to his years in pinstripes) — a 2-run home run to center field in the 1st and a 2-run home run into the 2nd deck of the right field seats in the 6th inning. Yankee fans returned the favor, discarding that ball back onto the field of play and consistently showing their “appreciation” for what they still see as Cano’s defection across the country.
Chasen Shreve and Adam Warren held off the Mariners, splitting the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings. But the Mariners’ starter and his 5 relievers were a bit more effective in their pitching. Well, except for their new(ish) closer.
Down 2-0 early in the game, the Yankees finally found a moment in the 4th inning. With 2 outs, Teixeira singled and then scored on Brian McCann’s big 2-run home run to tie up the game. And then the Yankees’ offense was rather stymied for a bit until the bottom of the 9th.
So Teixeira led-off with a double, and then McCann struck out. Chase Headley technically worked the pitch count up and then struck out on a wild pitch, but safely reached 1st as the ball rolled back to the backstop. Teixeira moved to 3rd, and Young came on to pinch-run for Headley. Garret Jones’ ground out scored Teixeira to put the Yankees within one run. A soft groundout ended the game and the Yankees’ rally, but it was easily the worst inning pitched by the Mariners’ pitching staff all game.
Final score: 4-3 Mariners.
Roster moves: it’s pitchers’ day — Branden Pinder was recalled, and Bryan Mitchell was optioned back to AAA. Both moves were to keep the arms fresh and active. Mitchell going back to AAA will give him more opportunity to pitch and keep working, but I suspect we’ll see him again very soon.
After three rehab starts in Tampa, Carlos Beltran is on his way back to New York, and if the doctors okay him, he will be activated and rejoin the team for tomorrow’s final game against Seattle. The corresponding roster move is to be determined as they are waiting to hear the okay from the doctors first.
I was watching the game today, as Mark Teixeira went 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored in today’s game. He’s currently sitting at 22 home runs this season, tying him for 4th in the AL, plus he’s tied for 1st in the AL with 62 RBIs. And of course, he’s just dominant at 1st in defense.
And I’m taken back to a Spring Training game where I sat in front of a couple of guys who were razzing on Teixeira for being washed-up and done-for. They spent a good portion of the game just tearing into him for what they considered his overall poor performance. They told jokes, and laughed about all his injuries, as if they found glee in recent foray onto the DL in the past few years. It wasn’t a proud moment for me to be somehow loosely connected to people who considered themselves “Yankee fans” but clearly weren’t supporting their chosen team.
Well, who’s laughing now, fellas?