The Yankees were trailing the Mariners 3-0 with King Felix Hernandez on the mound heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, but he left after the sixth and they went to work on the M’s bullpen en route to a 4-3 victory at Yankee Stadium Tuesday night.
It was a pitcher’s duel between Hernandez and CC Sabathia early on. CC gave up an unearned run in the third and then another two runs in the sixth on a Raul Ibanez Yankee Stadium special, a two-run shot that barely cleared the right field fence.
Then a collision between Hernandez and Lyle Overbay in the fourth came back to haunt the M’s when Hernandez’s back began acting up on him. That lead King Felix to leave the game early, but not before Overbay drove in a run with a double. The Yankees then tied it and took a lead in the seventh off of Charlie Furbush, who gave up one hit, three walks, and only got one out.
• The comeback salvaged a strong start by CC. He didn’t get the win, but who cares? His line: 6.1 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 K, 1 HR. A few too many hits, but save for Ibanez’s ball that barely cleared the fence he made it work.
• The Yankees bullpen was great again. Shawn Kelley has really come on strong of late. Not counting his first four appearances, he has a 3.60 ERA, a 14.4 K/9, and a 0.9 BB/9. David Robertson and Mariano Rivera continued their greatness as well. They are down to a 0.80 and 0.92 WHIP on the season respectively.
• Curtis Granderson returned. He played left field, hit fourth and went 0-for-3 with a walk. He looked rusty, but as long as his forearm is feeling fine he’ll return to form in no time.
• Vernon Wells DH’d because Travis Hafner‘s shoulder, an injury that has put him on the DL a lot during his career, was bothering him. He went for a MRI that came back clear, but expect him to miss at least a few games this week. Hopefully this is nothing serious because his loss would be huge.
• Brett Gardner remained in center field even with Granderson back. He went 1-for-3 with a stolen base. He’s now hitting .253/.327/.387 on the season. That OBP is still below his career average.
• How great has Lyle Overbay been this season? If he could raise his OBP about 40 points the Yankees wouldn’t need Mark Teixeira back. He went 1-for-3 with two big RBI’s and is now hitting .256/.293/.488 on the season while playing excellent defense as well.
• Jesus Montero didn’t start, but he’s hitting just .200/.250/.341 in 24 games so far this season.
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