g63 | Y’s / M’s season series tied at 3

Mariners 1 | Yankees 3

Didn’t see much of the game today and the innings I did see found me a bit distracted by the fact that today was the wedding day of my best friend’s first child and only son and, as such, made the loss easier to take 🙂

Looks like Safeco Joe posted a quality start, though not quite up to par with his typical home start . . .
6.2 innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ FOUR strikeouts

} The bullpen of Danny + Ollie + Carter combined for 2.2 innings of scoreless ball w/THREE strikeouts

Pettitte and Co. held the M’s to a meager FOUR hits . . .
~ Kyle, who extended his hitting streak to 12, had two of them (ONE off Andy, ONE off Mo)
~Brandon Bantz went 0-2 in his major league debut
~ Michael M drove in the M’s first and only run via a sac fly to score Jason and tie the game at 1-1 (good to see his back coming back around, though he still can’t go full speed with the tender quad)

– Some nice grabs in the OF by Jason and Raul (the old guys surprise in the field now and then)
– Nick with a DP attempt in the 5th was only able to get the lead runner as he bobbled the ball on the transfer
– Brendan just keeps doing his thing at SS (great play to end the 6th)
– Brandon had a couple CS chances (apparently, a skill he’s quite adept at) but, both thefts were successful

quote of the game . . .(via via Greg Johns, MLB.com)

Brandon Bantz made his first career start for the Mariners at catcher, going 0-for-2 before being pinch-hit for in the eighth. Bantz received a standing ovation from the crowd before his first at-bat, with home-plate umpire Laz Diaz telling him to tip his cap before getting into the box.

“That was something I didn’t really expect at all,” said Bantz, called up this week when Jesus Sucre injured his left hand. “I got some chills through my body there. I didn’t really know what to do. Do I wait, do I let them keep going, do I step in here? Then Laz looks at me and said, ‘You’re not stepping into the box until you give them a wave.’ That was a moment I’ll never forget, the Mariners faithful there. I appreciate that a lot. That was pretty cool.”

* Carlos Triunfel recalled from AAA as Jesus Sucre goes to the 15-DL with a hand injury
* Kendrys left the game in the 6th (replaced by Alex Liddi) with back stiffness 😦

tweets of the game . . .