Ouch. That's not how you want to kick off a West Coast trip.
The Yankees had their chances to break the game open in the 7th, and failed. In the 7th inning, runners at the corners and 1 out, Jose Molina grounded to a double play. The only two runs produced by the Yankees were sacrifice flies, but facing Mariners' ace Felix Hernandez (9 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 3 K) it was obviously a hard task to get runs.
On the other side, A.J. Burnett had a really solid start, as he went 7 innings with six strikeouts, and only 1 run allowed. Phil Hughes had another successful relief outing with no runs allowed in 1 inning pitched.
Mariano Rivera came in to the game trying to close it out. He has hardly broken a sweat since June 12th. It would look like the Yankees were going to slam the door on Seattle, as Mo struck out the first two batters he faced, but Mike Sweeney had other plans, as he hit a two out double, which set up Ichiro Suzuki to send a Mariano fastball in to orbit for a walk-off two run homer in the very next pitch. And that was the ballgame.
C.C. Sabathia starts tomorrow for the Yankees as they try to bounce back from the loss. Mariners counter with Doug Fister, who had a successful start in his last outing against the Yankees. And then in the series finale on Sunday, Joba Chamberlain will face Ian Snell. Then the Yankees will invade their house of horrors in Anaheim to face the Angels.
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