This is exactly the kind of outing you like to see from the offense a day after being shutout and shut down by a phenomenal pitcher. Yesterday the Yankees did not score a single run. This afternoon the Yankees scored six runs and beat the Mariners 6-2, taking the three game series before hopping on a plane to Detroit to face the Tigers.
Freddy Garcia would be called upon to pitch for the Yankees today. The Garcia call can always be a bit nerve wracking. Freddy's first inning antics did not help calm the nerves after giving up a few hits and a run. Garcia settled down though and soothed the nerves a bit. He only went five innings, but he only gave up five hits and two earned runs while striking out two and walking four batters. The word I'll use for his outing today is serviceable. He's a replacement starter and for the most part pitched well enough to keep the Yankees in the game. Yeah, serviceable is an apt description for Garcia today. Boone Logan, David Robertson, and Rafael Soriano would finish Freddy's day for him without giving up a run.
The offense would not stand for being shut out two days in a row. Except for Nick Swisher, Jayson Nix, and a pinch hitting Andruw Jones, all the Yankees would contribute at least one hit. The big hits would come from Raul Ibanez. Lord Voldemort would contribute three RBI's, including a long dinger to the right field bleachers. The Captain and Teixeira, a new, popular singing duo, also batted some runners in as well. Three of those batted in runs would be due to Chris Stewart deciding to provide some offense and show Russell Martin how it's done. A cheap jab at Russ, but come on. This is Chris Stewart we're talking about here. Ichiro Suzuki would extend his hitting streak to twelve games thanks to the sunny defensive mistake from center fielder Saunders. How it was ruled a hit is just one of those questions I don't like to think about. It hurts my brain to try and make sense of error rulings.
The Yankees head to Motown for a four game series against the Tigers to begin a week long road trip. I look forward to seeing the giant Tiger every time YES comes back from commercial break.