The Yankees continued to dominate today in their three-game series in Seattle, a city known for its innovation and technology. Yet no amount of either would be of any help today as the Yankees clearly controlled the game in typical Bronx Bomber style.
To open the game, James Paxton took command of the mound for New York and pitched a full five innings with 86 pitches, striking out 4, and allowing only 2 runs in the 4th inning.
At the top of the 6th, Green took over and threw 40 pitches, struck out 3 batters, and allowed one walk but no runs. Ottavino replaced Green in the 8th and faced three batters for a quick three outs. To close, Gearrin replaced Ottavino and shut down the Mariners quickly to end the game with another win for New York.
In the 1st, the Yankees got on the scoreboard first when Torres singled and scored on a Gary Sanchez’s home run, upheld despite a call for review. Then, with a tie game at the top of the 5th, Mike Ford sent a homer to right field, his 4th of this particular series. This is especially sweet for Ford, as the Mariners rejected him on the Rule 5 Draft just a few years ago. Returning to the Yankees and using the time to develop his skills, Ford now is fast becoming one of the team’s standout players as he has here in the Seattle series.
The 5th inning continued as LeMahieu’s single scored Wade, this followed by an Aaron Judge’s home run to left that scored LeMahieu to ensure the lead. And in the top of the 9th inning, DJ LeMahieu hit a homer to left field to secure another run and a definite win for the Yankees as they swept the Mariners.
Final score: 7-3 Yankees, Yankees sweep the series 3-0
Next up: After an off-day tomorrow, the Yankees travel back home to face Oakland for a three-game weekend series, and then they host the Rangers before hitting the road once again. On their road trip, they will face the Red Sox, Tigers, and Blue Jays before their final home stand this season.
Injury update: Gio Urshela was pulled from the game during the 5th, with possible groin strain. No tests are scheduled at this time and Urshela should return to the lineup this weekend. However, this allowed Didi Gregorius to be back on the field today and help out the Yankees once again.