A LITTLE DIRT HAD YANKEE SKIPPER TV WATCH YANKEES DROWN WOEFULL MARINERS 13-2 • Latino Sports

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A LITTLE DIRT HAD YANKEE SKIPPER TV WATCH YANKEES DROWN WOEFULL MARINERS 13-2

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So on a Friday night live from the Bronx, it must have been entertaining TV for Joe Giraldi to watch his team crush the Seattle Mariners 13-2.

El Bronx NY: A day after Girardi was ejected for arguing a third strike call, Major League Baseball suspended the Yankees manager and fined him an undisclosed amount for his actions in Thursday night's game where he kicked some dirt around before exiting the dugout in a game the Yankees had their first walk-off win of the season. So on a Friday night live from the Bronx, it must have been entertaining TV for him to watch his team crush the Seattle Mariners 13-2.

Interestingly enough, Seattle manager John McLaren was ejected from the game on the top of the second.

The day after Joe’s  ejection,  the Yankees walked all over the hapless Seattle Mariners in a game the Yanks had their highest scoring inning of this season, 8 runs  in the bottom of the 5th. And it was a game Andy Pettitte avoided 4th inning blues by not allowing multiple runs in that inning – something that had hunted him lately (he gave up his only runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings).

Besides the Yankee overall Yankee run barrage there were a few individual highlights.

Andy Pettitte won his 168th win as a Yankee and tied Bob Shawkey for fifth place. This win was his first at the Stadium this year and it also broke his personal 3-game losing streak this season (and 4 out of 5 loses in his last 5 games with a no decision) and a 4-game losing streak at Yankee Stadium.  

At the end of 6 innings pitched he scattered 8 hits, allowed 2 runs (both earned), did not allow a walk and struck out 9 batters (a season high and the most since 2006). He start allowed him to pass Lefty Gomez, 319 starts, for fifth place at 320 on the Yankees’ all-time list. This was his 205th career win (118 loses).

The Yankees improved their record against lefties to 7-9 and have a 3-game winning streak against them after having dropped 5 straight.

Shelley Duncan hit his first home run of the year.

Robinson Cano was 2 for 4 and established a season high 3-RBI game. Remember his slow start for the second year in a row?  He has hit safely in 13 of his last 16 games and is batting .333 over that stretch which includes 11 hits in his last 23 at bats against lefties ( began at 3 for 25).

Other Latinos in the starting lineup for the Yankees had at least one hit. Bobby Abreu had two hits with two RBI; Alex Rodriguez had one hit and one RBI; and Melky Cabrera had one hit and no RBI.

Latinos in the starting Seattle line up, a total of five had a least a hit a piece except for Raul Ibanez.

About William Gerena-Rochet

William Gerena Rochet, is the former Latino Sports baseball editor. He is a retired NYC teacher who divides his time living between New York City and San Juan, Puerto Rico. He started writing for Latino Sports during the inaugural World Baseball Classic when a series was played in Puerto Rico in 2006. On of his favorite moments was covering the 2006 MLB All-Star Game in Pittsburgh. During his time with Latino Sports, he covered several divisional and League championship series games and the 2009 World Series. He also covered the last game at the old Yankee stadium and the first game of the current one. In closing, William has covered multiples Latino Sports MVP Awards ceremonies and Spanish Language Press Conferences including the Jorge Posada retirement one. Now a contributor, Willie will occasionally cover the Yankees.