Mike Ford
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The New York Yankees opened up the last series of their west coast trip with a 5-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

At last, the west coast trip has reached its final stop. We’ve moved from the distant planet of “California” to the equally distant planet “Washington,” where we anxiously await our rescue. The end of the nightmare schedule approaches.

The New York Yankees defeated the Seattle Mariners by a score of 5-4.

J.A. Happ got the start in the series opener, and he tossed a solid game. He threw five innings, allowing three earned runs and punching out seven.

The only real damage against Happ came on a three-run homer in the second inning. Outside of that mistake, Happ was excellent on his way to his 11th win of the season.

Happ was relieved by Cory Gearrin who is apparently not allowed to pitch under the rules of Major League Baseball.

Gearrin was replaced by Nestor Cortes Jr. after his delivery was deemed illegal and he struggled to find the strike zone with an adjusted move. Tommy Kahnle and Aroldis Chapman came on in the eighth and ninth, respectively, to lock down the win.

The offense did most of its damage in a big second inning. Gleyber Torres unloaded with a solo home run on the first pitch he saw.


Austin Romine would then hit an RBI single to bring Mike Tauchman around to score. Following that, Mike Ford went yard to give the Yankees a 4-0 lead.

But Ford wasn’t done there. He hit a monster shot to left in the fourth to give the Yankees a two-run lead.

Ford’s long ball in the fourth gave him his first career multi-homer game.

Savage of the Game – Mike Ford

It’s really hard not to have fun with Mike Ford. We’ve seen him hit some tank shots and even got to see him pitch for the first time since his Princeton days. Ford is having the time of his life out there and I’m just happy he’s taking Yankee fans along for the ride.

Lifetime ballplayer and Yankee fan. Strongly believe that the eye-test and advanced stats can be used together instead of against each other.