Sometimes you can be so afraid of something that actually doing it feels like a relief, because you realize that actually doing that thing isn’t as bad as being afraid of doing the thing. Hey, this hill is really hard to climb! Just like I knew it would be! Ouch! But okay! And sometimes you start doing the thing that scares you, and even though you mentally prepared yourself for how much –Oh my God, this hill is so high that it hurts so much and I’m sorry for everything—It’s still annoying because your little human brain hasn’t been able to visualize all the different ways this thing could suck out loud, and that’s what it would be like to go from playing the Astros at home to playing the Yankees at home. We can Ralph Wigham by ourselves as much as we want…
…but actually you’re at Yankee Stadium and throwing the Mariners’ worst start against the best lineup in the AL? While you miss the best players? I don’t blame anyone who got out of this game early:
I said this last time when I summed up Marco’s start against the Astros, but the Yankees are basically Astros with an Amex black card and a trust fund, so it still stands: A bowler like Marco should be perfect against a team that can attack in an area like this, and Marco wasn’t perfect. Maybe you can blame the game plan here – I’m not sure what took Marco to throw his worst throw, a fastball (along with the cutter and a lonely little curve ball) on the first three hits of the game, but this led to this sequence of events: single DJ LeMahieu, double Aaron Judge, and three-stroke Homer Anthony Rizzo. I understand the desire to establish the zone but feeding the judge at 90 mph anywhere on the plate feels like not creating the zone so much as handing it over to a potential AL MVP on a silver platter.
Marco started creating the curve ball and changeover at the back of that half Benentende ran after throwing him a bunch of changes but then had Hicks fly out to finish the break on another change and things seemed to be heading towards a better start in the second half as Marco got a Two fast parts with a stronger pitch combination. However, he then marched to LeMahieu in seven pitches, missing with a fourth ball change, and then Aaron Judge ambushed the first pitch breaker to put the Yankees ahead 5-1, which again I point out to Marco must have been the perfect principle, And then to the site of this stadium:
This is just a tasty bite at the lovely Judge’s place. Forget about perfection this playground is musty. Marco later came back and started working on the change more, including using him to hit the judge on a key point in fourth, but he struggled to lead it, throwing the ball more often than to kick, a dangerous feat he worked out at Fisher-Price Stadium. He got three points on the change and one hit, but he also allowed a hit on him and walked twice.
That would be all the humiliation the Yankees of the day would need, and this was literally the second half, which meant we had to watch Marco work through four more rounds before his pitch count eventually rose too dramatically even for Serviceface, who is determined to snatch every pitch. . From Marco’s left arm tonight, to ignore. This knocked out Matt Vista with two and one up against Aaron Judge, who got away with hanging one pass bar to Judge, and one fastball in the middle of the board committed by the judge, finally making him miss a barrel, appearing inoffensive. Next, Vesta, a Staten Island native, proceeds to beat up Anthony Rizzo, a Florida native, proving that he owns the Italian-American bragging rights at Yankee Stadium.
Festa also worked the seventh inning very clean and fast, or the inning he would have had if he hadn’t had to save Marco with two extra hits. Good stuff, Fez.
The Yankees got their seventh inning when Ryan Borucki, who covered eighth, was left sliding in the area for Jose Trevino to hit his second in the game — not an understatement either, but midfield. Poor Boruki thought he had escaped the clutches of Yankee Stadium forever. Hopefully he won’t be called up again in this series.
Meanwhile, the Mariners’ attack wasn’t able to go further, which is disappointing because Domingo Germain is probably the worst start for the Yankees, as it is currently, which means the crack in that hill won’t get any easier for the Mariners. The crime of this series. It looked as if the sailors might have something to cook on the spot at first, when Jesse Winker, with two naysayers, sorted sharply through the right-hand side of the field and Carlos Santana followed with a walk, but unfortunately, JP Crawford couldn’t beat the A slow reel to third by Donaldson and despite some shaky driving from Germann – 17 shots, only 9 hits – he survived the first unharmed.
Kyle Lewis, being such a good guy, made sure Mariners fans had at least one advantage to hang on to in this game, as he hit the break for the first time since returning from a rehab job:
The Mariners also put a little extra pressure on the Yankees in the third round when they loaded bases on two runs and Carlos Santana hit the 1500 MLB (congratulations to him), which brought Lewis back in, but sadly, the magic didn’t repeat like KLew on the ground to finish the inning unharmed. They finally shrieked across the second in the fourth after Adam Frazier at home to Abraham Torow, who scored a double, but Fraser was stranded when Jesse Winker flew unharmed, having failed to clear this heavily punished pitch from Germain:
Meanwhile, the Yankees got that run down the bottom of fourth when Jose Trevino grabbed the third inning at home to the Yankees, jumping again on Marco’s first pitch of the game.
And that’s the story of this game: Sailors don’t jump on bugs, and the Yankees do. Because that’s what good teams do. They take advantage of mistakes. It’s obviously annoying that the Mariners’ top players weren’t available to help, but there were opportunities here – some shaky leadership from Germain, seven other players left at base plus some stranded through double play, penalty pitches left unpunished and 3 -0. Counts that turned out to be easy results – and weren’t taken advantage of. Watching this game felt like you were sitting in a particularly unskilled dentist’s chair: endless, unpleasant and, in a way, worse than you thought it would be.
On the bright side, Logan Gilbert will test his strength in the Bronx tomorrow – you’ll remember he totally turned the star against the Yankees last season – and we’ll see the first appearance of the biggest player added in the deadline so far, Luis Castillo made his Mariner debut the next day. So this is probably the top of the hill, as far as this arduous climb for unwatchable games goes. Let’s hope so.