Yankees Fall to Mariners 1-0 in Extra Innings on Raleigh’s Walk-Off RBI Single

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New York Yankees 0, Seattle Mariners 1

SEATTLE — Cal Raleigh did something unique in the bottom of the 10th inning that helped the Seattle Mariners beat the New York Yankees by a score of 1-0 on Wednesday night. Due to Raleigh’s hit, pinch-runner Jose Caballero scored the winning run.

Seattle stopped New York from winning three straight games and ended a four-game winning streak. This was mostly thanks to a great pitching performance from starter George Kirby and a big hit from Raleigh.

Raleigh expertly connected with a 2-2 pitch from Ron Marinaccio (2-2), sending a line drive into right field. With Caballero stationed at second base to begin the inning, he had no trouble crossing home plate, securing an easy run for the Seattle Mariners.

In a surprising change of events, Justin Topa (1-2) skillfully got around J.P. Crawford’s mistake on DJ LeMahieu‘s grounder, which happened at the start of the 10th inning. Even though there was only one out and the bases were full, the New York Yankees did not score. When Anthony Volpe hit a slow chopper, the momentum changed. Third baseman Eugenio Suarez was able to do a force out at home plate to get the important second out. When pinch-hitter Franchy Cordero met a 3-2 pitch, the tension was at its highest. However, he struck out, ending the threat.

This game wasn’t as exciting as the one on August 9, 2022, when neither team scored until the 13th inning. But back then, Luis Torrens’ clutch RBI single helped the Seattle Mariners win a close game by a score of 1-0.

Once again, the game showcased another exceptional display of pitching prowess from both teams.

Despite not being directly involved in the final outcome, Kirby delivered a standout performance that will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the highlights of his young career. Over the course of eight innings, he exhibited remarkable skill, pitching a shutout and surrendering a mere three hits.

Kirby did a great job of getting back on track after having his hardest start of the season. In his last game, against Pittsburgh, he had a hard time. He gave up seven earned runs and four home runs, which led to a loss. But he showed strength and drive to get back on his feet after that setback.

Kirby’s career reached a major turning point when he pitched eight innings without giving up a run. Seattle’s pitching staff has been having trouble. In the first two games of the series, they gave up a shocking 20 runs and 30 hits. Kirby’s great performance on the mound brought them some comfort. It was a sight that the team really needed and was glad to see.

With seven strikeouts to his name, Kirby efficiently navigated through eight innings, requiring just 95 pitches. His final batter, Kyle Higashioka, fell victim to Kirby’s prowess on the mound, succumbing to a strikeout.

Kirby had a great game, but New York’s starter Clarke Schmidt was just as good. Schmidt had a good game. He only gave up three hits and struck out seven batters over 5 2/3 innings before giving the ball to the Yankees’ bullpen. This meant that neither team scored, so the scoreboard showed both teams with a score of 0.

In a stellar relief appearance, Wandy Peralta conceded just one hit over two innings, effectively stifling the opposing team’s offense. Clay Holmes showcased his dominance on the mound by striking out three of the four batters he encountered, further fortifying the pitching performance for the New York Yankees.

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After a day off, the Yankees will face the Dodgers in a three-game series in Los Angeles. Luis Severino (0-0, 1.59 ERA) will start against Clayton Kershaw (6-4, 3.32 ERA) for the Dodgers.

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