Monday night the first of three games the Mariners and Yankees decided to have a slug fest. All twelve runs in the game came from the long ball with the Mariners finally winning 7-5.
Twice when the Yankees hit home runs it put them back into the lead so the Mariners had roar back to take the lead. Cody Martin pitched OK for the Mariners outside of the home runs. He gave up a total of three home runs in five and two-third innings. Nick Vincent replaced him and pitched an inning himself including the last out in the sixth inning. Vidal Nuno replaced Vincent to get a lefty out. Steve Cishek pitched the eighth and Edwin Diaz got his tenth save in ten chances to seal the victory. It was fortunate that the bullpen did not give up any runs after they replaced Martin.
The Mariners got all seven runs with Seager and Zunino both hitting three-run homers and Nelson Cruz sort of sealing up the victory with a home run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Seager’s home run happened in the fourth inning when the Yankees had a 2-0 lead. Up to that point Michael Paneda had been taking pretty good care of the Mariners. In fact he was striking out batters left and right. The Mariners were able to get two runners on base when Seager hit the home run on a 3-0 count. He was given the green light to hit the ball and so he did it for sure.
The Yankees came back and took the lead again on home runs so Mike Zunino decided to hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning. Cruz home run in the bottom of the eighth he actually cracked the bat which shows how strong he is.
TaiJuan Walker is expected to come up from triple-A to make a start on Tuesday and likely Cody Martin will be sent back down. Other moves are expected to be made on Tuesday before game time. On Monday the Mariners did bring back up outfielder Heredia from Tacoma. In fact he was inserted late in the game in left field as a defensive replaced for Aoki. Also Shawn O’Malley came in as a replacement in right field as well. He made an outstanding catch going into the stands along the right field line. The catch may have saved the game for the Mariners. The Mariners are expected to bring up a reliever as well on Tuesday. The Mariners show the pitcher for Wednesday as to be announced. The two primary candidates are Miranda and LeBlanc. Whoever doesn’t start on Wednesday will be in the bullpen. James Paxton is expected to pitch on Thursday in Chicago against the White Sox. He will be coming off the disabled list so someone will have to be sent down or designated for assignment, or go on the disabled list. Whatever the case Jerry Dipoto will be busy Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Go M’s.