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Yankees' Stephen Drew game tying single to right results in blown save for Mariners' closer Fernando Rodney

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

  • CC Sabathia   With The Big Man’s well-documented troubles pitching at Yankee Stadium, it was important to get a quality start out of Sabathia on the road, and he was right there. His slider was flowing nicely early on. He worked out of a jam in 4th inning, and another in the 5th with 2 on and no out, getting Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Klye Seager to hold the score at 2-1.
  • Stephen Drew   Man, every time you scream for Drew to be DFA’d, he comes up with a clutch hit — and he’s a lock on defense. Drives you crazy.
  • Garrett Jones   Play the man, and the man will hit. Jones’ offense has definitely suffered from a lack of action in the early going, and tonight was a reminder of why we signed him. Tough for Jones to find playing time with a healthy outfield and Mark Teixeira’s great start, but a promising sign for bench depth.

    “Just make the most of it. It’s been a transition, but right now I feel comfortable and have come up with a routine, and just mentally feel in a lot better place in the spot I’m in.” ‐ Garrett Jones  (h/t: Chad Jennings/LoHud)

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 …


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