The Yankees came out of a short-term pitching duel as they lost 1-0 to the Mariners in Seattle on Wednesday night.
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– Gleyber Torres was all over this game early on, especially on the defensive end. He made two skillful and shrewd plays to steal singles and secure the final in the second and third innings. The third inning was especially crucial with the Mariners having men in the corners with two outs.
He was also solid at the plate, getting the Yankees’ first hit against the starter. George Kirby in the third and in his third at bat in the sixth with a man in the second, scalded a liner on the left side of the field but shortstop JP Crawford caught the liner to end the threat. He finished 1 for 4.
– Clarke Schmidt was really good Wednesday night, forcing the Mariners to swing sliders and cutters out of the zone. He scattered base runners and pitched the sixth inning for only the third time this season. After getting the first two outs of the sixth, Julio Rodriguez hit a single from the opposite field to bring out Aaron Boon to have Wandy Peralta take care of the left-hander Jarred Kelenic.
Peralta pulled out the heat final to end Schmidt’s night on a high note. Schmidt went 5.2 innings on 84 pitches (59 strikes), scattered three hits, walked one and struck out seven Mariners. In his last three starts, Schmidt has allowed three runs in 15.2 innings and lowered his ERA from 5.58 to 5.01.
– On the other side was Kirby who really dominated the Yankees formation. He scattered three batters and only had one runner in scoring position the entire game. The Rye, NY native pitched eight scoreless innings while allowing just three hits and striking out seven.
– Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who started in center field, went 0 for 4 but nearly made a two-run shot over the left field wall in the seventh inning, but Rodriguez found it at the wall. It would have been a home run at Angels, Cubs, Dodgers and Nationals stadiums.
Judge Aaron, DHing that night, also threw a deep ball in the seventh inning that was caught on the warning track. He went 0 for 3 and was intentionally walked in the ninth with two outs and no one.
– Backing off Schmidt, the Yankees bullpen was stellar. Peralta allowed just one hit and struck out three in two innings of work. Clay Holmes got the final of the eighth inning. and pitched a clear ninth to send the game into still scoreless extra innings.
Ron Marinaccio started the 10th and gave up a first single to Cal Raleigh which tagged the ghost runner and gave the Mariners the 1-0 victory.
– In the 10th, Crawford threw a ground player from DJ LeMahieu to start, but IKF came out to third baseman for the first out. Jake Bauer market to load the bases for Antoine Volpe who went to bat 0-for-3. Volpe pinned to the ground in Eugenio Suarez who obtained Oswaldo Cabrera — the ghost runner — home. Francy Cordero pinch for Kyle Higashioka – which was 1 for 3 – and hit on a 3-2 lead inside the zone.
Before the match, Boone said Anthony Rizo was available on the bench, but was seen in a hoodie in the dugout and did not come at all.
The Yankees have the day off Thursday before starting a three-game series against the Dodgers on Friday night in Los Angeles. The first pitch is scheduled for 10:10 p.m.
Luis Severino (0-0, 1.59 ERA) will be on the mound for the Yankees as they face LHP Clayton Kershaw (6-4, 3.32 ERA).