Wedge tossed early – Everyone got to pitch!
Tonight’s article is a little different, because this team is a little different. On a night where everything went off script, the Mariners pushed through and did just enough to get the win.
Seattle 3, NY Yankees 2
When: 7:05 PM ET, Thursday, May 16, 2013
Where: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
Umpires: Home – Greg Gibson, 1B – Hunter Wendelstedt, 2B – Jerry Layne, 3B – Alan Porter
BOXSCORE | NWSB GAME DAY RECAP
The play of the game came off an error, excluding one reliever the entire bullpen pitched tonight, and manager Eric Wedge finally got tossed from a ball game this season.
First, let’s start with the happiest Mariner. Right fielder Michael Morse has brought an energy level to this team that is bringing joy to the dugout. Even during his dreadful stretch at the plate due to a broken pinky finger, his attitude remained the same.
No one is more excited for a big hit, and the team responds just as well when Morse hits a home run, as he did tonight.
Morse’s line drive shot to center proved to be the game winner Thursday night. Morse has 4 multi-hit games in a row.
Second, Kendrys Morales made the best defensive play of the year, and the ball wasn’t even hit to him. With runners on second and third, Yankees 2B Robinson Cano grounded to SS Brendan Ryan, who tried to make a miraculous play instead of just eating the one run.
The ball was way off target, and Morales dove as far as he could towards right field to make the game saving play. His snag kept the ball in the infield and the tying run at third.
Third, starting pitcher Aaron Harang was ruled out with a back injury, forcing Hector Noesi to start the game. If anyone had something to prove in the Bronx, it was Noesi, who was included in the Michael Pineda-Jesus Montero trade from New York.
Even though he only made it into the fifth, it was exactly what the Mariners needed, a chunk of the game taken care of when the team essentially needed 9 innings of relief.
The relief team tonight allowed 8 hits but only 1 earned run, while recording 10 strikeouts.
Fourth, Wedge will oftentimes walk out of the dugout and show the umpires his disappointed face. I hate this face and so do you-and the umpires hate it the most, nothing ever changes.
But tonight, in the middle of the second inning, Wedge finally ranted and raved like a real Mariner’s manager and got himself tossed.
Smiles all around.
The Mariners won their first series in New York in a decade (last 2004). Seattle has not lost a series since that dreadful April series in Houston. The team still sits a game below .500, but expect a sweep somewhere this month.
In closing, Tom Wilhelmsen proved why he should be an all star this season. Some nights, pitchers don’t have their best stuff. Don’t get me wrong, the bartender can still throw 98 MPH, but his location was off and his pitches were missing up in the zone.
That usually spells trouble for closing pitchers.
After allowing Brett Gardner to single to left, steal second, and steal third, Wilhelmsen calmly settled in, struck out Jason Nix, and kept Cano guessing until forcing a 6-3 groundout.