I know King Felix was on the mound, and I strongly suspected going into this series that the Mariners would not lose 18 in a row after it. But still, I have to confess to being a bit miffed at how today’s woeful 9-2 loss unfolded. Had it stayed, say, 2-1, it would have been easier to take. But the Mariners have the worst offense in the majors, made all the more atrocious since they have a DH. Yet they banged out 17 hits and plated 9 runs 5 earned versus the Yanks, undoubtedly feeling more confident as the game wore on and the lead widened.
Hughes was overall fairly good. Although surrendering 9 hits in 6 innings to the worst offense in the majors, he walked only 1. His problem was also efficiency, not too surprisingly, needing 101 pitches to work that stint. But he kept the Yanks in the game against a front-line starter, and the game was a mere swing away from tied after five. On the whole, that’s not too shabby, and not to be overlooked as the Yanks look for an effective, reliable rotation down the stretch.
The bullpen had a rare but costly letdown, allowing 8 hits and 7 runs/3 earned. Ayala gave up 2 hits in 1 1/3, and was the best of the four relievers the Yanks used. Logan wasn’t sharp, allowing a big triple that blew the game open. Wade before him was hurt by Cano’s throwing error. Noesi looked bad and rusty in allowing the last two runs to score, but by the 9th when he pitched, the outcome was largely academic.
The Yanks have an off day tomorrow before Baltimore comes to town Friday.