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Mike Ford and Yankees bullpen down the Mariners, 5-4

Ford had a career game on Monday night.

New York Yankees v Seattle Mariners Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images

Matt Wisler started this game for the Mariner with a 1-2-3 inning in the first, but once Tommy Milone took to mound in the second, the Yankees got their A-swings on. Gleyber Torres wasted no time starting the the scoring by hitting a home run with an exit velocity of 108.5 mph, traveling 438 feet to center field.

After the home run, Mike Tauchman drew a walk and then advanced to second on a groundball by Gio Urshela. Austin Romine quickly singled up the middle to give the Yankees their second run of the game. Mike Ford then followed by belting a two-run home run to give the Bombers a 4-0 lead.

J.A. Happ, who has been struggling all season, had his worse inning of the night upon getting that four-run lead. After a Tom Murphy single, Omar Narvaez walked to put runners on first and second with one out. Happ fell behind Jake Fraley 3-0, fighting his way back to strike him out, but he couldn’t find a way to get through Dylan Moore. The second baseman took him deep for a three-run home run.

Both pitchers settled down in the third, each tossing 1-2-3 innings. In the top of the fourth, however, Ford once again took Milone deep, giving him his first multi-homer game of his career. After taking Clayton Kershaw deep Sunday, that’s three home runs in two days as depth players keep producing for the Yankees this season.

Happ worked himself in and out of trouble during the fourth inning, finishing the night with five innings pitched and three runs, he struck out seven and walked three. Milone, meanwhile, finished his bulk relief appearance allowing five earned runs on eight hits and three home runs.

After Cory Gearrin allowed a single to Austin Nola, a mound visit commenced but the difference was Gearrin was speaking more to the home-plate umpire rather than Gary Sanchez. It looked like the two were speaking about Gerrin’s delivery, on whether or not it would be called a balk. Gearrin’s delivery features a toe-tap before releasing the ball, and it has been called into question before. Nevertheless, Gearrin stuck to his delivery and a balk call was made. The right-hander later walked Kyle Seager and struck out Murphy. Nestor Cortes Jr. then entered the game, stranding runners on first and second with two fly outs.

Cortes Jr., who was able to work his way out of a small jam in the bottom of the sixth, wasn’t able to put up another zero on the board. Mallex Smith hit a home run over the right-field wall, making it a one run game at 5-4.

Wade LeBlanc and Tommy Kahnle matched up during the eighth, throwing 1-2-3 innings leading to the ninth. LeBlanc who recently moved to the bullpen, returned to the mound for the top of the ninth, once again seeing the minimum of three hitters. Mike Ford made an attempt for his third home run of the night, but fell short.

The trend of 1-2-3 innings didn’t stop with LeBlanc and Kahnle, Aroldis Chapman managed to do the same, striking out two hitters for the save and securing the win.

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