By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
June 6th, 2013
New York Yankees vs Seattle Mariners
Final Score: Yankees 6 Mariners 1
The New York Yankees were able to keep their momentum from sweeping the Cleveland Indians on their trip to the West Coast, as they took Game 1 of the four-game series against the Seattle Mariners with a 6-1 victory. The win moves the Yankees to (35-25), and keeps them at 1.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox.
The good Phil Hughes showed up in Seattle, where he seems to enjoy pitching, as he now (4-0) with an ERA under one in Safeco Field. On Thursday Hughes picked up his third win of the season after pitching seven great innings. Hughes only gave up one unearned run due to a Kevin Youkilis error, and then Boone Logan allowing a RBI double Kyle Seager. Hughes struckout seven batters, while only allowing three hits, and two walks in what was a great bounce back start from Hughes, who seems to pitch much better away from Yankees Stadium.
The offense for the Yankees had one good inning in this game, but it was plenty enough to get the win with the great start from Hughes. Mariners Starter Aaron Harang held the Yankees hit-less for the first two innings of the game, but the third inning was where it all went downhill for Harang. Robinson Cano broke the scoreless game up with a three-run homerun, which scored Brett Gardner and Jayson Nix. For Cano it was his 15th home run of the season, and now has 39 RBIs. Mark Teixeira then hit his third home run of the season right after Cano. The Yankees rally would continue after the home runs, as Vernon Wells and Ichiro Suzuki would each have RBI base hits to give the Yankees a six-run third inning, and knock Aaron Harang out of the game.
Seattle got a very good performance from reliever Blake Beavan, who came in for Harang in the third inning, and then finished up the game. Beavan went 6.2 innings, striking out four batters, and only allowed one hit to Travis Hafner in the eighth inning.
The only person to not get a hit for the Yankees in this game was Catcher Austin Romine, who went zero for four at the plate with a strikeout.
Next up for the Yankees will be Game 2 of the series on Friday night, as Hiroki Kuroda (6-4, 2.59) will be facing Jeremy Bonderman (0-1, 13.50).