The Yankees hadn’t scored six runs in about two weeks, coming into tonight the offense had been struggling. For one night, the Yankees were able to forget their offensive woes and go for the series sweep with a 6-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington.
The Yankees got on the board in the first inning on a two-run home run by Jacoby Ellsbury, his fourth of the season. In the third inning, Alfonso Soriano hit a two-run double and in the fourth, Derek Jeter hit a two-run single. The Yankees lead was aided by some stellar defense from Ellsbury, Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki, all three of them robbing home runs at points of the game.
In Chase Whitley‘s last start, he went seven innings and at the time it was his best start of the season. Tonight, he did a little better: he went 7.2 innings while giving up two runs on five hits and striking out six. Dellin Betances entered the game and got his man in the eighth but they hit a speed bump when Shawn Kelley took the mound. Kelley only recorded one out in the ninth, giving up a run on two hits before Girardi lifted him for David Robertson who notched his 16th save of the season.
– The Yankees are packing their bags and heading to Oakland for a three game series against the Athletics! David Phelps will take the mound for the Yankees and Sonny Gray will take the mound for the A’s. First pitch is at 10:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.