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Friday, May 23, 2008

Game 48: Yankees win 13-2

Start spreading the news: the Yankees have won three games in a row. The Yankees, behind an offensive explosion, defeated the Seattle Mariners 13-2 Friday night at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees fell behind by one run early, but after five innings, they were up to 13 runs.

Shelley Duncan started the Yankees' offense off with a three-run home run in the second inning to give the Yankees a 3-1 lead. Hideki Matsui singled and Jason Giambi walked to set up the threat. They would score two more in the fourth on a Robinson Cano opposite-field two-run bloop double.

However, the game was broken open in the fifth when the Yankees scored eight runs. Matsui, Chad Moeller and Bobby Abreu each had two RBI in the inning, while Cano and Alex Rodriguez drove in the other two runs.

Mariners starter Erik Bedard was unable to survive the inning, leaving after pitching only 4 1-3 innings. He gave up nine earned runs and eight hits, while striking out three and walking one. Sean Green relieved him, but did not provide much relief. He gave up four earned runs while only retiring one batter.

Andy Pettitte recorded his first home win of the season and broke his personal four-game losing streak. He gave up eight hits and two earned runs over six innings. He also struck out a season-high nine batters and didn't walk any.

The hitting stars: Abreu, Jason Giambi and Cano had two hits apiece, and Matsui had three hits. Matsui and Giambi each scored three runs. Duncan and Cano both drove in three runs. Abreu, Matsui and Moeller each chipped in with two RBI. Each Yankee scored at least one run and every starter recorded at least one hit except for Derek Jeter. The eight-run inning was their highest-scoring inning of the season. Six of the runs scored in the inning were with two outs.

LaTroy Hawkins and Edwar Ramirez combined to pitch the final three innings. Hawkins struck out a batter and gave up one hit in his two innings of work. Ramirez walked two and struck out two in his inning.

The Yankees and Mariners return to action tomorrow afternoon. The Yankees will be bringing back Mike Mussina on short rest to start. Carlos Silva will replace injured Felix Hernandez.

(Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)


Bronx Insider said...

Great game- solid pitching and dominant hitting.

Hawkins has really come into his own his last few outings. If you take out that one game where he allowed six runs to Tampa, his ERA is under 3. He’s definitely going to be a valuable force down the road.

Andrew Fletcher said...

Yeah, I felt Hawkins has had a raw deal. He was getting booed because of his number and had a couple of bad outings. While he hasn't been used in high-pressure situations, he's done very well. Hopefully he'll start to earn Girardi's trust.

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