Yankees 3-6 Mariners: Yankees lose second straight

New York Yankees’ Clarke Schmidt pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Tuesday, May 21, 2024, in New York.
John Allen
Tuesday May 21, 2024

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New York Yankees 3-6 Seattle Mariners

NEW YORK — Bryan Woo, pitcher for the Seattle Mariners, maintained his impressive performance at Yankee Stadium, delivering yet another shutout for the second consecutive year. Dylan Moore played a pivotal role with two home runs and four RBIs, leading the Mariners to a 6-3 triumph over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.

Ty France and Luke Raley of the Mariners added to the home run festivities, driving Seattle to a comeback win and halting the Yankees’ seven-game winning streak. Down by three runs in the bottom of the ninth, Seattle staged an exhilarating rally to clinch a 5-4 victory in the series opener. This win broke New York’s impressive streak, which had started following their back-to-back defeats to Baltimore on April 29th and 30th.

Even though they were up against another division leader, the Yankees fell behind 4-0. The tide began to turn in the seventh inning when Gleyber Torres hit a three-run home run off Trent Thornton, marking just his third of the season.

However, the momentum swung back to Seattle in the next inning. Luke Raley hit a home run on the first pitch from Yankees reliever Clayton Andrews. Andrews, recently promoted from the minors to replace the COVID-affected Ian Hamilton, was unable to stop Raley’s powerful hit.

Yankees Falter as Moore’s Hot Bat Powers Mariners

Dylan Moore, batting ninth, emerged as Seattle’s unexpected hero, proving to be a significant offensive challenge for the Yankees. In the third inning, he hit a two-run homer off Clarke Schmidt (5-2), putting the Mariners on the scoreboard. Moore’s contributions didn’t stop there; he added an RBI single during a two-run seventh inning and topped off his stellar performance with a solo homer to right field in the ninth against Nick Burdi. This was his sixth home run of the season and marked his third career game with two homers.

Simultaneously, young Mariners pitcher Bryan Woo (2-0) shut down the Yankees’ offense. Over six commanding innings, he allowed just two hits—a single by Austin Wells in the second and a double by Alex Verdugo in the fourth. Woo, a 24-year-old right-hander making only his third start after recovering from an injury, showed remarkable control, issuing no walks and striking out seven, including the dangerous Juan Soto twice.

His efficiency was notable, as he began with first-pitch strikes to 15 of the 20 batters he faced, and an impressive 58 of his 77 pitches were strikes. This dominant performance mirrored his outing last June 22nd at Yankee Stadium, where he pitched 5 1/3 hitless innings before conceding two hits in the sixth, earning his first major league win.

Struggles Mount for Yankees Bullpen, Offense Stalled

Seattle’s bats ignited late in the game, gradually dismantling the Yankees’ hopes. In the bottom of the ninth, Andrés Muñoz firmly closed the door, earning his second save of the series and his 10th out of 11 opportunities overall. He struck out Oswaldo Cabrera with two runners on, effectively quelling any potential Yankee comeback.

The Mariners’ earlier offensive struggles began to lift in the third inning. After a collective 0-for-15 slump, Josh Rojas doubled to get things started. Dylan Moore then capitalized, launching a full-count pitch into the left-field seats for a two-run homer. Seattle added another run in the seventh, courtesy of a Ty France home run off Dennis Santana.

Despite having won his previous three starts, New York’s Clarke Schmidt couldn’t contain the Mariners’ late-game surge. He allowed five hits over five innings. This continues an impressive streak for Yankees starters, with each throwing at least four innings in the first 50 games—a feat last achieved in 1989 and nearly matching the record 58 innings in the first 50 games set in 1904.

Seattle’s right fielder Dominic Canzone delivered stellar defensive plays that stymied the Yankees’ offense. In both the first and third innings, Canzone made remarkable diving backhand catches, robbing Anthony Volpe and Oswaldo Cabrera of potential hits.

Giancarlo Stanton, brought in as a pinch hitter with two runners on in the seventh, continued his recent slump. He lined out to the catcher, extending his hitless streak in pinch-hitting appearances to 0-for-44.

The Yankees Roster

Up Next

The Yankees will look to rebound on Wednesday by sending left-hander Nestor Cortes (2-4, 3.56 ERA) to the mound against the Seattle Mariners. Cortes recently secured a victory against the Chicago White Sox, ending a winless streak that dated back to April 8th. He aims to maintain this positive momentum and bring some consistency to the Yankees’ pitching rotation.

Facing Cortes will be Seattle’s right-hander Bryce Miller (3-4, 3.08 ERA). Miller has hit a rough patch lately, going winless in his last five starts with a 4.13 ERA since his win over the Cincinnati Reds on April 17th. The Yankees hope to take advantage of Miller’s struggles to revive their offense after a disappointing performance.

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