Phelps was shaky early on and gave up a game-tying run in the second inning on a double, a walk, and a RBI-single by Brendan Ryan that made it 1-1. Phelps settled down after that and faced the minimum over the next four innings as he retired the final 10 batters he faced.
He left in the seven and Boone Logan came in throwing smoke. He pitched a 1-2-3 seventh while David Robertson and Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth inning to finish off the Mariners.
The offense did enough for the win, but just barely. They started early with a Brett Gardner RBI-single in the second that scored Jayson Nix. Then went ahead in the ninth inning on a Chris Stewart RBI-single that put them ahead 2-1 which was rightly entrusted to Mo to save.
• There were a couple of questionable moves including not pinch hitting for Vernon Wells in the eighth inning with a runner in scoring position. Then again in the ninth, Joe Girardi let Reid Brignac bat with another runner in scoring position. The thing is, you can make an argument that Girardi should have pinch hit for Stewart, who obviously had the game winning hit.
• Brett Gardner is on fire right now. He went 4-for-5 and is now hitting .284/.349/.453 on the season. He’s currently on a seven-game hitting streak.
• Aside from Gardner the rest of the Yankees lineup went 3-for-28 including an 0-for-17 from the 2-6 hitters. The Yankees as a team are hitting just .233/.289/.371 since May.
• Robinson Cano, who went 0-for-3 with a walk, is down to .230/.310/.424 since May.
• Luckily, the Yankees pitching staff has a 3.34 ERA, a 8.3 K/9 and a 2.5 BB/9 while batters have hit just .236/.292/.377 against them.
• Phelps has a 3.38 ERA, 8.1 K/9 and a 3.8 BB/9 since joining the rotation with lineups hitting just .219/.306/.344 against him.
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