By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
June 8th, 2013
New York Yankees vs Seattle Mariners Post Game Recap
Final Score: Yankees 3 Mariners 1
The New York Yankees were able to bounce back on Saturday afternoon after what had to be an extremely disappointing loss to Jeremy Bonderman on Friday. The offense wasn’t great in this one, but Andy Pettitte gave an exceptional start in his milestone victory. The win moves the Yankees (36-26), and are just 1.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the AL East.
The offense for the Yankees wasted no time getting Pettitte an early lead, as they were able to get a two-out rally going off Joe Saunders. Mark Teixeira had a double, and then Robinson Cano knocked him in with a base-hit for 40th RBI of the season. The offense would go quiet for a while before Jayson Nix was able to break a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning with a base-hit the scored Ichiro Suzuki. Nix would also add an insurance run for the Yankees in the seventh inning, as after a double by Brett Gardner Joe Saunders was pulled for Danny Farquhar, and Nix promptly knocked in Gardner with a single. Overall it was a pretty good start from Joe Saunders, as he finished going 6.1 innings allowing three runs on seven hits, and two walks, but with no run support he picked up his sixth loss of the year.
Pettitte was sensational on Saturday in earning his 250th win of his great career, and his fifth win of the season. He joins elite company becoming the 47th player with 250 wins, with many of those pitchers being in the Hall Of Fame, which is somewhere Pettitte would love to be. The Mariners were able to get only one run off of Pettitte in the fourth inning with a Michael Morse Sac-fly that scored Jason Bay. Pettitte ended up going 7.1 innings allowing only one run on three hits. He only threw 85 pitches, and was able to strike out six in the win.
As hes done so many times before Mariano Rivera came in to close out Pettitte's 250th win, but it didn’t go as smoothly as either of them would have hoped for. Rivera did allow two base runners, but struck out three to earn his 22nd save of the season, and cement win 250 for his long time teammate.
Vernon Wells may be finally busting out his long slump, as he was able to get two base hits on Saturday, which is the first time he has had a multi-hit game since May 13th. Brett Gardner had a monster game setting the table in the lead-off spot going three for five with a run scored, and two doubles.
Next up will be the finale of the four-game series, as David Phelps (4-3, 4.15) will have his hands full facing Felix Hernandez (7-4, 2.58).