Yankees 8 Mariners 2: Crazy Stein

It’s about time the Yankees have played this well, combining both very good pitching with all-around and clutch hitting to rout Seattle, 8-2 and take the sweep. Darrell Rasner allowed a two-out, two-run blast to Beltre in the first but settled in very nicely thereafter, the top of the order went wild on previously unbeaten Carlos Silva, and the Yankees had this one salted away fairly early on a bright, sunny day in The Bronx. The big win moves the Yankees back above .500 at 17-16, and the offense is hopefully returning to form, beating three pitchers–two badly–who had pitched well before this series.

Rasner set the first two Mariners down but then yielded a single to Ibanez, and left a pitch up chest-high to Beltre, who wasted no time depositing it to left, 2-0 Mariners. The Yanks threatened in the bottom of the first, getting back-to-back singles from Jeter and Abreu, but consecutive 3Us from Matsui and Giambi ended the rally. Rasner settled in right away, working a 1-2-3 second and avoiding potential trouble in the third, when he stranded Ichiro after a one-out single and he stole second. Abreu made a nice catch on Lopez’s fly ball, and Ibanez’s F8 ended the top half.

The Yankees blew it open in the bottom of the third. Consecutive singles from JD and Jeter made it first and third, Abreu’s RBI single made it first and third, 2-1, Matsui’s ground-rule double tied it, second and third. Giambi’s deep sac fly on a great catch by Ibanez gave the Yankees the 3-2 lead. Melky the Clutch then cranked a deep homer to right, 5-2. Melky’s six homers amazingly leads the team. Cano then got going with another deep homer to right off Silva, 6-2 Yankees.

Rasner again avoided trouble in the fourth, with singles by Beltre and Betancourt giving the Mariners first and third, one out. But Rasner fanned Clement, and got Johjima to ground into a 6-4 force to escape. The Yankees made the Mariners pay for not closing the gap, scoring two more in the bottom half. For the second straight inning, JD led off with a single, then stole second, and scored on Jeter’s ground-rule double to right, 7-2 Yankees and ending Silva’s rough day. Abreu’s 1-3 moved Jeter to third, and Matsui’s single scored him, 8-2. Rasner worked 1-2-3 in the fifth and sixth, aided by Damon’s terrific diving catch on Beltre’s liner with one out in the sixth. Rasner retired the last eight he faced, and ended with six strong innings, allowing five hits, two runs earned, importantly no walks, and fanning four on 76 pitches/49 strikes. He was efficient, and in the strike zone. Though he got away with a couple left up, he was on the whole accurate and worked in his off-speed pitches very well.

The bullpen made quick work of the Mariners, with Ohlendorf and Cool Hand Nuke working one-hit frames in the seventh and eighth respectively, and Mariano getting some quick work with tomorrow’s day off and not having worked against Detroit by working an eight-pitch ninth. Cool Hand Nuke has now lowered his ERA to 3.52, and has been really excellent in his last nine stints. He has done much to ease the unfortunate loss of Bruney. Not to be overlooked, Yankees pitchers issued only four walks in 27 innings this series, while the Yankees’ batters earned twice as many in the three wins.

The bats were hot, especially the top four hitters. JD (2-5, 2 runs, .295), Jeter (4-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI–his 16th, a walk, and a double, .313), Abreu (3-4, a run, an RBI–his 21st–and a walk, .306), and Matsui (2-4, a run, two RBIs–his 17th, and a double) were a combined 11-18, which is just ridiculous. Melky the Clutch was 1-4 with his two-run homer, his 6th HR and 17th RBI, hitting .291. RC was 1-4 and batting .154 but with his 3rd homer can hopefully get going. Ensberg added a single, and only Giambi (0-2, .150, but with his 14th RBI on a sac fly), Moeller (0-4, .286) and Duncan (who got ripped off on a terrible, extremely low third-strike call by Laz Diaz in the eighth) were hitless. The team cranked out fourteen hits, and outscored the Mariners 19-4 in the three games–13-3 in the first three innings. Though they came from behind today, what a difference playing from behind after three can make, especially when this offense is THIS good. Impressive work to get the Crazy Stein.

The Yankees have an off-day tomorrow before resuming their home stand against Cleveland Tuesday evening to start a three-game set. Big win and, combined with the Celtics’ tremendous Game 7 blowout of the Hawks, today has been a good day. Thanks to everyone stopping by the HDLR today, and don’t forget to tune into the Yankee Fan Club Radio show tonight at 6 EDT by clicking on the link on the right-hand column of the blog.

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Published in: on May 4, 2008 at 3:46 pm  Comments (6)  

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  1. I agree, it’s about time the Yanks had a game like this. Hopefully this game will finally give the team the momentum they desperately need to get things going, despite all the injuries. It was honestly a surprise to see the offense back to form, but still bittersweet. I can’t wait for the next series. I want to see more it. Power to the Crazy Stein.
    http://flairforthedramatic.mlblogs.com

  2. I agree, it’s about time the Yanks had a game like this. Hopefully this game will finally give the team the momentum they desperately need to get things going, despite all the injuries. It was honestly a surprise to see the offense back to form, but still bittersweet. I can’t wait for the next series. I want to see more it. Power to the Crazy Stein.

    http://flairforthedramatic.mlblogs.com

  3. Jason are you going to be in the ubroadcast chat

  4. Cleveland will be a challenge, but I like the Yankees’ chances, Vanessa, especially at home. Sorry I saw the message late, Nick. I was actually not in the YFCR chat.

  5. i’ll tell you bothers me a bit about the cleveland series. we are going to face carmona and lee (TWO STUDS) for the first time, while they will be facing andy and wang-guys they have seen recently.
    quite an advantage for them. maybe we could look at the bright side- we managed to beat bedard and felix and fell meekly to the dregs of detroit. at least we’ll be at home. i’m a bit concerned that we won’t have farnsy because of his suspension hearing. who would have ever though we would be concerned about not having him? any HDLRs this week?

  6. Great post. It’s nice to take this momentum into the off day and into a series against the Tribe. Carmona and Lee won’t be a walk in the park. I like the offense we’ve been seeing but it’s only been from the same key guys. We need Ensberg and more importantly, Giambi and Cano to start pulling their weight, especially with Alex and Jorge on the shelf.

    J-Boogie

    http://boogiedownbaseball.blogspot.com


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