Game 53 | 28-25, 1st : The URP (Unknown Rookie Pitcher) has been a nemesis to Yankee lineups for what seems like forever, and tonight was no exception as Seattle starter Mike Montgomery made his major league debut looking all of Cy Young. Montgomery kept the Yanks flustered over 6 innings, striking out 4 while scattering only 4 hits and allowing 1 earned run. He was in position to win the game after being lifted after 94 pitches (64 for strikes), but the Mariner’s pen failed to hold it down.
The Yankees scored one in the top of the 9th to tie it at 2 on a dramatic, 2-out single to right by Stephen Drew. In the 11th, Garrett Jones squared up on an 80mph slider from Seattle reliever Joe Beimel and launched it halfway up the cheap seats in right center. Six Yankee pitchers preserved the win after starter CC Sabathia went 5.2 innings, striking out 6, and allowing 2 earned runs on 9 hits.
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.
Yankees 5, Mariners 3
FOOTNOTES : Before Jose Pirela singled in the top of the second, the Yankees #7 hole in the lineup was 0-31 since Stephen Drew‘s home run on Memorial Day… Ivan Nova, coming back from Tommy John surgery, is expected to make his first rehab start in the minors next week with an estimated 30-day span before returning to the rotation if all goes well … Tonight was the first time in Yankees history that 5 left-handed pitchers appeared in one game. Keep that in your back pocket for a bar bet …