Yankees 5-0 Mariners: Yanks cruise past Seattle behind Gil’s gem

Luis Gil, player of the new york yankees
Amanda Paula
Thursday May 23, 2024

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New York Yankees 5-0 Seattle Mariners

Luis Gil delivered a standout performance, allowing just one hit over 6 1/3 innings to lead the New York Yankees to a 5-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday, securing a split in their four-game series.

How it happened

Since Aaron Judge was ejected for the first time in his career on May 4th, the Yanks’ captain has been on a tear. In the 17 games following his ejection, he has posted a .429 batting average, a 1.089 slugging percentage, and a 1.662 OPS, with 9 home runs.

Gil (6-1) retired the first nine Mariners he faced before giving up an infield single in the fourth inning. He struck out eight and walked three, following his record-setting 14-strikeout game against the Chicago White Sox last Saturday, which set a new mark for Yankees rookies.

After allowing the single, Gil retired the next six batters. He encountered some trouble in the sixth inning with two walks, but a visit from pitching coach Matt Blake calmed him, and Gil ended the inning by striking out Luke Raley with a 97 mph fastball.

Luis Gil, player of the new york yankees

In the seventh inning, Luis Gil retired Mitch Garver on a fly ball to the warning track before being pulled. He left the mound to a warm ovation, tipping his cap to the crowd. Gil has now won his last five starts and six consecutive decisions, allowing just two runs over 30 2/3 innings in his past five outings.

His performance extended a Yankees team record to 11 straight starts of at least five innings with no more than two runs allowed. Clay Holmes came on with the bases loaded in the eighth and secured the final four outs for his 14th save. It was Holmes’ first appearance since giving up four runs in the ninth inning of Monday’s series opener, a rare blip in a 5-4 loss.

Giancarlo Stanton got the Yankees on the board in the second inning with a towering 445-foot homer off the batter’s eye above Monument Park, his sixth home run in his last; 14 games. Aaron Judge followed with a blast into the Yankees’ bullpen in the third inning for his 15th homer, extending his on-base streak to 20 games.

The Yankees are 36-4 when Judge and Stanton homer in the same game, including the postseason. Juan Soto added an RBI single in the seventh to pad the lead.


Up next

Looking ahead, the Yankees will have left-hander Carlos Rodon (5-2, 3.27 ERA) take on right-hander Yu Darvish (4-1, 2.08 ERA) in the opener of their three-game series against the San Diego Padres.

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