September 30, 2023

Yankees takeaways after Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to Mariners, including failing to cash in in extra innings

May 31, 2023;  Seattle, Washington, USA;  New York Yankees pitcher Clarke Schmidt (36) pitches during the second inning against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park.
May 31, 2023; Seattle, Washington, USA; New York Yankees pitcher Clarke Schmidt (36) pitches during the second inning against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park. / Stephen Brashear-USA TODAY Sports

The Yankees got the short end of a pitching game when they lost 1-0 to the Mariners in Seattle on Wednesday-evening.

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Gleyber Torres was early in this game, especially on the defensive end. He made two slick and nifty plays to steal basehits and make the final out of the second and third inning. The third inning was especially crucial as the Mariners had men on the corners with two outs.

He was also solid at the plate, getting the Yankees’ first hit against starter George Kirby in the third and in his third at bat in the sixth with a man on the second, a liner burned to the left of the field but shortstop J. P. Crawford caught the liner to end the threat. He finished 1-for-4.

Clark Schmidt was really good on Wednesday night, sending the Mariners swinging to sliders and cutters out of the zone. He scattered baserunners and pitched for the third time this season in the sixth inning. After getting the first two outs of the sixth, Julio Rodriguez singled into the opposite field to bring out Aaron Boonen to have Wandy Peralta take care of the left handed Jarred Kelenic.

Peralta got the final out of the inning to end Schmidt’s evening on a positive note. Schmidt went 5.2 innings on 84 pitches (59 strikes), gave up three hits, walked one and struckout seven Mariners. In his last three starts, Schmidt gave up a total of three runs in 15.2 and lowered his ERA from 5.58 to 5.01.

– On the other side was Kirby who really dominated the Yankee lineup. He threw out three batters and had only one runner in scoring position the entire game. The Rye, NY native threw eight scoreless innings while allowing only three hits and striking out seven.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who started in centerfield went 0-for-4 but nearly hit a two-run shot over the left field wall in the seventh inning, but Rodriguez found it near the wall. It would have been a home run in the Angels, Cubs, Dodgers and Nationals stadiums.

Aaron Judge, DHing on this night, also hit a flyout in the seventh inning that was caught on the caution lane. He was 0-for-3 and was walked intentionally in the ninth with two outs and no one left.

– To Schmidt’s relief, the Yankees bullpen was great. Peralta gave up only one basehit and struckout three batters in two innings. Clay Holmes got the final from the eighth inning. and threw a clean ninth to send the game to overtime still scoreless.

Ron Marinacio started the 10th and gave up a leadoff single to Cal Raleigh that scored the ghost runner to give the Mariners the 1–0 victory.

– In the 10th, Crawford grounded out to DJ Le Mahieu to start, but IKF popped out to third baseman for the first out. Jack Bauers walked to load the bases Anthony Volpe who went into the at bat 0-for-3. Volpe grounded out to Eugenio Suarez who got Oswaldo Cabrera — the ghost walker — home. Franci Cordero pinch for Kyle Higashioka — who went 1-for-3 — and struckout on a 3-2 sinker on the inside of the zone.

Before the game, Boone said Anthony Rizzo was available from the couch but was seen in a hoodie in the dugout and didn’t come up at all.

What’s next

The Yankees have an off day on Thursday before kicking off a three-game series against the Dodgers on Friday night in Los Angeles. The first litter is scheduled for 10:10 PM.

Luis Severino (0-0, 1.59 ERA) will be on the mound for the Yankees as he faces LHP Clayton Kershaw (6-4, 3.32 ERA).

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