Well, yesterday’s game was postponed due to a storm system that basically flooded the entire area all day Wednesday. It’s been rescheduled for Monday, June 2, when both teams have an off-day — the Yankees in between home stands and the Mariners on an East Coast stopover.
Tonight, the Yankees didn’t fare much better, though I have to say the pitching was better. It was just a weak offense. It was Hiroki Kuroda’s start tonight. Over 6 innings and 94 pitches, he allowed 7 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks, and struck out 7 batters. Those 4 runs came courtesy of an RBI double in the 1st, a run scored in a ground out in the 3rd, an RBI single in the 4th, and an RBI ground-rule double in the 4th.
Lefty specialist Thornton came on in the 7th for 2 batters, before Warren came on to quickly finish the inning and keep the Mariners from adding to their lead in the 8th. Kelley’s 9th inning continued to prove the depth and solidity of the bullpen we’ve all come to know and love.
But the Yankees seemed to struggle with their offensive timing a bit behind the plate with some notable exceptions. Jacoby Ellsbury hit a lead-off home run into right field seats in the 1st. It was Ellsbury’s first Yankee home run and it was the first Yankee lead-off home run since 2012. And then in the 6th inning, with 2 outs, Soriano and Teixeira on base with a single and a fielding error, Soriano scored on Brian McCann’s single to split the Mariner’s lead in half. But there they stood at 4-2 Mariners for the loss.
You know, they actually collected enough hits to do something (the Yankees had 7 total), but the Mariner’s just seemed to capitalize on a collection of their hits. I will say that the Mariners’ pitchers held the Yankees off predominantly not by fly outs or ground outs, but by 12 total strikeouts (10 by their starter alone).
Sometimes, it’s just another game. I mean, there are 162 of them in the season, and not every one can be a spectacular event. But then, you have to stick it out because what can seem like a ho-hum game can suddenly turn into one of the spectacular events. Don’t get me wrong: I like the mundane-ness of the game; it reminds me of some really great memories in the stadium and from my growing up years.
But it’s not much fun to watch the mundane from your living room, and it’s not much fun to have to convey that to you. But when I really think about it, it’s the mundane moments that make up the bulk of life; they tie the spectacular moments together; and so very often it’s in the mundane that something spectacular happens. Something that may seem mundane to someone else, but something you may hold in your heart forever.