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Yankees hand the Mariners their 17th straight loss behind a dominant CC

By Gary W. Marchese Jr.

Bronx, NY (July 27) – The New York Yankees defeated the Seattle Mariners by the score of 4-1 on Tuesday night. CC Sabathia made the start and he was unbelievable. He earned his major league leading 15th win of the season. He did not give up a hit until the seventh inning and that was the first batter to reach base off him. He matched a career high in strikeouts and he was so economical barely throwing any balls until after the second rain delay. He walked three batters in a row in the eighth but he was just completely dominant. It was the best game I can ever remember from a Yankees pitcher. It was amazing to me that it was just strike one, strike two.

Sabathia pitched seven plus innings giving up one run on one hit. He struck out 14 and walked three. Dave Robertson can probably be initiated as the hero of the game because he came in with the bases loaded and no outs and only allowed a run to score. Robertson pitched an inning giving up no runs and striking out two batters and Mariano Rivera picked up his 26th save of the season pitching a perfect inning with two strikeouts. The Yankees tied a franchise record by striking out 18 batters.

Brett Gardner had a hit, Derek Jeter had an RBI and Curtis Granderson had a hit and an RBI. Mark Teixeira had two hits and an RBI, Nick Swisher had a hit and a walk and Jorge Posada had two hits. Eric Chavez had a hit and an RBI. Granderson and Teixeira both hit their 28th homeruns of the season. The Yankees were 2-7 with runners in scoring position and they left four men on base. Francisco Cervelli had a passed ball.

The Yankees got a run in the fourth inning on a Granderson solo homerun. The Yankees added two more runs in the fifth inning on a Chavez RBI single and a Jeter RBI groundout. The Mariners finally broke through in the eighth inning on a groundout to third. The Yankees got the run right back in the bottom of the eighth on a Teixeira solo homerun to make it 4-1 and complete the scoring.

The Yankees are now 60-41 on the season, which is a season best 21 games over 500. They remain in second place two games behind the Boston Red Sox who lead the AL East. The Yankees are 6 ½ games ahead of the Anaheim Angels for the wild card and eight games in the loss column. They are eight games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees will be looking for the sweep of the three game series with the Mariners on Wednesday afternoon. The pitching matchup will be Phil Hughes vs. Felix Hernandez. The Mariners will be looking to avoid an 18 game losing streak.

The rain definitely had an impact on Sabathia; he endured two rain delays with the second one being the one that really affected him. Sabathia lost his command after the second delay, most believe without the delays he would of pitched a perfect game or at least a no hitter. It is hard to say for sure if that affected him but that definitely can get a pitcher out of rhythm. Teixeira also hit his 100th homerun as a Yankee.

Sabathia has struck out at least eight batters in seven consecutive starts. In his nine starts, since he lost to the Red Sox on June 9th he is 8-1 with a 1.71 ERA. He has 81 strikeouts in 68 2/3 innings. He gave credit to his catcher Cervelli for calling a good game but Cervelli called him a liar. Cervelli said, “He’s got the ball so he throws what he wants. I just try to be on the same page.”

gmarchesej Posted by on July 27, 2011. Filed under MLB News,News and Sports with Gary W. Marchese Jr.,Sports,US Sports,Yankees. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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