Yankees 3, Mariners 2: The outfield saved Nuno

Otto Greule Jr

Jacoby Ellsbury and Ichiro Suzuki made great plays in the outfield to help the Yankees win this game.

The box score will tell you that Vidal Nuno had a pretty good outing, as he only allowed one run over 5.2 innings, but he was really mediocre at best. The outfield saved a handful of runs from scoring, which ultimately made the difference in the outcome of the game. Nuno should be buying Ichiro Suzuki and Jacoby Ellsbury dinner (for the next week).

As has been the case in most of the recent games, the Yankees scored early. Their first two runs came in the top of the first inning after Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira both singled to get on base. Carlos Beltran was able to drive in Jeter on a double down the left field line. This was followed by Brian McCann hitting an RBI single up the middle. The offense took a nap for the next seven innings. One of the most promising things was that Beltran finally showed signs of life following his return from his elbow injury, as he ended the night with two hits. Brett Gardner just missed a home run that ended up going foul in the eighth inning. The Yankees were able to take the lead back thanks to a ground-rule double by Jeter, followed by an RBI single for Ellsbury.

The Mariners took one of those runs back in the first inning, after Robinson Cano doubled and Cole Gillespie hit a line drive to center. In the bottom of the second inning, Kyle Seager hit a ball to deep right field that Ichiro saved by making an amazing, jumping catch. Mike Zunino followed that up with a double to deep right center. The inning ended without any runs scoring, but only because Ichiro was able to make that catch.

(H/T Andrew)

Nuno just missed getting in to trouble again in the fourth inning. After a walk to Gillespie and a single by Kyle Seager, Michael Saunders smacked a ball to deep centerfield that Ellsbury caught on a jump back at the wall to end the inning. After 5.2 innings, Joe Girardi opted to go to the bullpen and have Dellin Betances finish the sixth inning. His command in the seventh inning was somewhat shaky, as he hit Mike Zunino and was charged with a wild pitch that allowed Zunino to take second base. Seattle tied up the game on an RBI single off the bat of Dustin Ackley before Betances was able to get out of the inning. Adam Warren came in to pitch a clean eighth inning, giving up just one hit to Cano. David Robertson closed out the game with two strikeouts, followed by a walk to Ackley, and a strikeout to pinch-hitter John Buck to end the game.

Tomorrow's game features Masahiro Tanaka versus Chris Young and will start at 10:10 EST, so if you're trying to figure out which game you should stay up late to watch this week, this might be your best bet.

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