About Last Night: Mariners 10, Yankees 2
by Dale Mather June 22, 2023
*** About Last Night:
The Yankees Domingo German looked absolutely awful again giving up four runs in the first inning on 29 pitches. None of his pitches were working. We all took a huge breath as former Yankee Mike Ford narrowly missed a 3-run home run that would have made it a six run inning. The 2nd inning wasn't any better, as German gave up two more bombs to increase the deficit to 6 runs. All totaled German surrendered 8 earned runs and 10 runs overall as the Yankees defense had more errors than hits at that point of the game. The Yankees offense was just as stale as they have been ever since Aaron Judge has been out of the line-up. Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, and DJ LeMahieu have all been terrible lately. That 65 million dollars in payroll produced an 0-10 with 3 strikeouts.
German took the loss while his ERA climbed to 5.10.
HR - I Kiner-Falefa
RBI - I Kiner-Falefa 2
The Big Story:
The big story for me was IKF channeling his inner Ohtani! In a game the Yankees decided to use a position player to get the last three outs, IKF gave us something to cheer and smile at. He pitched the scoreless 9th, while recording his first ever strikeout, and followed that up with a 2-run homerun in the 9th. The bullpen, even with IKF pitching the 9th, gave the Yankees 5 and 2/3 inning of shutout baseball while striking out 10 batters and walking just one.
Player of the Game:
Obviously the opposing pitcher Woo would be the player of the game as he held the Yankees to zero runs and no-hit the bombers into the 6th inning. He looks like a solid rotation addition for the Seattle Mariners. Since I always pick a Yankees player, I will select the bullpen tonigjt.
The bullpen once again was lights out. Nick Ramirez struck out 5 and gave up no runs in 2 2/3 innings. More than likely he is being optioned back down after this game, as he won't be available in the next series after throwing 38 pitches. Thanks kid! Bye kid! Albert Abreu threw 2 scoreless innings while striking out 4. The honorable mention goes to IKF who pitched a 1,2,3 top of the 9th and then plated the only Yankee runs in the bottom of the 9th on a 2-run homerun.
Better to Forget:
The bumbling mess that was the Yankees defense today had 3 errors on very playable balls. Donaldson and German each had an error on the same play, and Gold Glove first baseman Anthony Rizzo had the other.
The Yankees front office has lost it's sense of urgency in my opinion. Hal Steinbrenner recently said he doesn't understand the Yankee fans negativity towards the team. Florial continues to rake at Triple-A, and the Yankees keep bringing Oswaldo Cabrera back up while he's slumping at both Triple A and the Majors. The team doesn't have professionals in place like they did with the late 90s dynasty team. You will continue to hear Yankees fans calling for Boone and Cashman's head if this continues.
The New York Yankees will take on a very solid Texas Rangers team. Clarke Schmidt 2-6 (4.65 ERA) will take on Dane Dunning 6-1 (2.78 ERA). I sure hope the Yankees don't get swept at home!