Behind a tremendous exit of J.A. Happ, the Yankees won the final contest of this four-game game against the Mariners for a score of 3-1. The bullpen came out strong, since the three-headed monster of Adam Ottavino, Tommy Kahnle and Zack Britton did their job, fighting for three hits without hits. The offense did enough to make the pitch stand up, including a late manifestation punctuated by another great blow from Gio Urshela.
The first entries flew by when Happ started looking extremely strong. He defeated Seattle in 4.2 innings before giving up his first hit. After throwing 94 pitches and walking with his first batter to start the sixth inning, manager Aaron Boone made an active decision and called the bullpen. Happ's actual departure was quite strange, with the crowd cheering his excellent start, while Happ himself barked at the referee, discussing balls and punches from his final hitter.
Ottavino arrived from there, and after some action on the base roads, he escaped a corridor jam at the corners thanks to a beautiful double play of 6-3 designed by Gleyber Torres, who took it at second base:
While the Yankees 'pitches kept Seattle off the board, Seattle starter Mike Leake faced off with the Yankees' arms and had seven innings to keep his team in the game. It was after 105 pitches and only one run allowed Seattle to decide to move from Leake and replace him with right reliever Connor Sadzeck.
Sadzeck came in and immediately gave two hits to DJ LeMahieu and Gary Sanchez before leaving. Brett Gardner hit the ground with a force that caught Sanchez in the second but moved LeMaieu to third. After a Clint Frazier punch and an intentional walk to Torres, the Yankees made the base juices get lost with two outs.
Enter Urshela. The man has just been on fire since he joined the Yankees, and that flame did not go out tonight when he pulled a 99 mph fastball and pushed it to the right line, driving in two runs to fill the lead. the Yankees:
Urshela can not help but let a smile slide on her face when he, once again, helped this team in important ways.
After the middle relievers did their job silencing Seattle's bats, Aroldis Chapman closed it in the ninth inning. Chapman began by removing the heart of the order in Mitch Haniger and Edwin Encarnación. Through a 2-2 score for the next batter, Domingo Santana, Chapman continued to look strong, hitting 100 mph three times. Next, Chapman handed out what he thought would be a surprise slider for Santana to finish the game, who deposited the ball in the right-field seats making the game 3-1 in the ninth. However, there was no damage, no foul, since Chapman got the next hitter Ryon Healy to go to second base to finish the game and the series.
The Yankees start a three-game series Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays, leaders of the Eastern League. The Rays have sat comfortably in first place for a while on the injured Yankees and the slow-start Red Sox. Now, with only a game and a half back, the Yankees could change that for Sunday.