Bats Finally Come Alive in New York for Seattle Win
The Headline: the pitching staff hand out free passes everywhere, but offense gives the Seattle Mariners a Mothers Day win.
Seattle Mariners 6, New York Yankees 2
When: 1:05 ET, Sunday, May 13, 2012
Where: Yankee Stadium, New York
Umpires: Home — Scott Barry, 1B — Jerry Meals, 2B — Gary Darling, 3B — Chris Conroy
1. Offensive Explosion
New York pitching had limited the Mariners to 2-runs in each of the previous games of this series, so it was nice to finally see a big effort by the bats — especially in such a hitters park.
Seattle put 6 runs up on the day, coming off of 10 hits and 5 walks.
Efficiency was the word of the day, with two home runs and 3 two-out RBI. The 10 men left on base wasn’t too horrible either.
2. Smoak Turning Corner?
I don’t know if it’s the ballpark, or if Justin Smoak is actually breaking out of his slump, but it was nice to see the big man have another good day.
Smoak went 2-4 today, launching a two run shot — his 4th of the season — in the fourth inning. Smoak’s 6-12 performance in Yankee Stadium has finally pushed his batting average back north of the Mendoza Line.
Unfortunately, it’s hard not to imagine what this kid could do in a hitter’s park.
3. Pitching Staff Efforts
After giving up 12 runs of the first two games, it was nice to see the pitching staff finally shut down the Yankees. New York only managed 2-runs on 6 hits today.
Kevin Millwood finally had a good outing, going 7-innings deep giving up 1 run. Though the bullpen did give up 1 run, they managed to control the hiccups pretty well.
1. Free Passes Everywhere!
Despite the limited runs, the Mariners were as wild as can be today. They gave up a combined 6 walks, 4 of which came off of start Kevin Millwood.
Those 2 runs that New York scored… well, both came off of bases loaded walks. This game should have gone a lot smoother, and with that much wildness Seattle is lucky things didn’t get out of hand in a hurry.
2. Bullpen Management
The bullpen had quite the day. Eric Wedge ended up using five different pitchers to cover the last 2-innings of the game. Only one of those pitchers managed to pitch more than 0.1 of an inning.
I understand giving Brandon League some work time because he hasn’t pitched much of late. But, needing four pitchers to get through the 8th inning is pretty ugly. Luckily, damage was limited and the Mariners ‘pen only gave up 1 run.
3. Rough 6th Inning
The Mariners suffered a long and frightening top of the 6th.
The frightening part came with Mark Teixeira throwing Jesus Montero out at home. Montero tried his best for a hard slide into the dish, and ended up limping off of the field.
Luckily, he returned to the game and so far things seem okay.
Jesus Montero, who came over in a trade from the Yankees last winter, went 2-for-10 with a homer in his first series against his old team.
The Yankees optioned reliever Cody Eppley to Triple-A prior to the game to make room for Pettitte.
Mariners SS Brendan Ryan went 0-for-3, dropping his average to .144.