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New York Yankees Reaction: Gardner Provides The Only Offense In Loss To Seattle

The New York Yankees were unable to get the big hit as they fall harmlessly to the Seattle Mariners on Jackie Robinson Day.

  • Seattle Mariners: 7 (4-6)
  • New York Yankees: 1 (4-5)
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The phrase of the day for the New York Yankees was: missed opportunities.

Chris Iannetta destroyed Yankee pitching today going 3-for-3 with three RBI including a two-run shot in the fifth to give Seattle a 3-1 lead that they’d never give up.

The Mariners’ starting pitcher, Nathan Karns, got the victory tonight even though the righty didn’t have his best stuff. He pitched five innings if one-run ball despite surrendering five hits and walking four.

Brett Gardner was the only one to get to Karns, hitting a solo jack in the bottom of the first.

Besides Gardner, the offense did squat. They were 1-for-14 with runners on base and have scored a mere eight runs in the last 36 innings.

Sophomore Slump?

It hasn’t been a fun second season so far for Luis Severino.

After giving up three runs on ten hits in five innings of work last week against the Detroit Tigers, he put together a similar line in tonight’s loss.

In 5.2 innings, Sevy surrendered four runs (all earned) on eights hits and only struck out two batters.

It’s way too early to say if Severino is about to struggle all year, but his season ERA is at 5.91 and his dominant arsenal is being figured out by his opposition.

Yankee starting pitching has gone just six innings just three times in 2016 and only have gotten two outs in the sixth.

Gardy Goes Yardy:

One of the lone bright spots of the contest was Brett Gardner who pounded a ball off the face of the second deck to give the Yankees an early 1-0 lead.

Gardner reached base four times today and finished his day 2-for-3 with two walks.

Failure With RISP:

Boy, the Yankees can’t get out of this funk with runners in scoring position, can they?

After going 3-for-24 with RISP in the series with the Toronto Blue Jays, the Bombers continued their struggles after going 0-for-12 tonight. They also left 12 total runners on base.

Wasted opportunities are without a doubt one of the most frustrating things to happen to a baseball team and the Yankees have been doing plenty of wasting.

Defensive Plays Of The Day:

In the top of the third with the Yankees leading by one with Chris Iannetta on second, Leonys Martin hit a scorching line drive to Starlin Castro.

Castro moved to his right, slid on the ground, and made the play on a backhand that was caught by his rear end.

It was a slick play, and Castro was able to double off Iannetta for the double play.

In the top of the fourth inning with the ballgame knotted up at one, Seattle was threatening to score with the bases loaded and one away.

Kyle Seager hit a dying line drive to Didi Gregorius caught the ball on a fly, then dove to tag out Robinson Cano for the inning-ending double play.

What’s Next:

The Yankees and Mariners will have a quick turnaround as they play tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 PM ET.

CC Sabathia will get the call after an impressive outing against the Tigers in which he hurled six innings of three-run ball while striking out three in his first outing, and victory, of 2016.

Opposing him in Game 2 is the King himself, Felix Hernandez. In 10 starts at Yankee Stadium, he holds a 2.04 ERA in 70.2 career innings with 69 strikeouts.

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