The Seattle Mariners handled the New York Yankees in twelve innings last night by a final score of 5-4. The Yankees got out to an early lead, but the Mariners came back to tie it. Eventually, Adam Kennedy hit a game-winning bases loaded single off of Mariano Rivera for the win. With the loss, the Yankees have lost the series to the M’s and fall to 27-23.

Hall of Fame Picture - AP

Recap

Mariner ace Felix Hernandez wasn’t his usual dominant self tonight, but unfortunately Ivan Nova was:

  IP H R ER K BB
Nova 3.2 5 4 4 1 3
Hernandez 7 6 4 4 4 5

 

The Yankee offense was provided early tonight by, you guessed it, the home run. Robinson Cano lead off the top of the second with his tenth home run of the year, this one a monster shot to right field. The next inning, Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer to right-center, scoring both Teix and Curtis Granderson, who would score Derek Jeter on a triple in the seventh. That triple may have been the only time I ever saw Ichiro make a terrible judgment on a ball, as he jumped up to try to rob a home run, but the ball hit only about halfway up the wall.

Pitching wise, the Yankees had great performances by the pitchers sandwiched between Ivan Nova and Mariano Rivera. Hector Noesi, David Robertson, Joba Chamberlain, Boone Logan, and Luis Ayala went 7.1 innings and only allowed five hits and one walk while striking out seven and allowing no runs. If the Yankees had won tonight, the bullpen certainly would have been the MVP.

Key Stats

3,000 Watch: With a 2-5 performance, Derek Jeter brings his career hit total to  2,979.

327: Derek Jeter stole his 327th career base today, making him the all time Yankee steals leader. He passed the legendary Rickey Henderson, who spent only 596 games with the Yankees.

What’s Next?

The Yankees need to try to salvage a game from this series and they have the horse on the mound tomorrow to get it done.

4:10, YES. CC Sabathia (5-3, 3.17 ERA) vs. Jason Vargas (3-2, 3.86 ERA)