The Seattle Mariners got New York Sliced tonight, courtesy of a couple ancient enemies: good Yankees pitching and Joey Gallo. Seattle’s 5-3 loss came despite a solid starting performance from LHP Tyler Anderson, with Paul Sewald seeing a sky-scraping three-run homer from Joey Gallo tilt the scales. The M’s had opportunities to balance the ledger almost every inning, but couldn’t push enough across despite facing at least partially B-squad arms from the Bronx Bombers.
Coming into any game in NYC with expectations high is a dangerous game, but it’s fair to consider this loss at least a touch deflating, though not disheartening. The M’s had every chance to pick up a game on the Yankees in the Wild Card race, and despite falling behind early on a pair of hits from some of New York’s titanic outfielders, Jarred Kelenic singled to center and was brought home on a small ball special of bunt and sacrifice fly in the third. The run in the hand was good, but sacrificing a bigger inning may have ultimately cost the M’s as we saw later on.
Kyle Seager unevened things up with a moonshot to right, giving Seattle a 2-1 lead they’d relinquish almost immediately thanks to more scoring from Gallo. Things held tight til the 7th, when Jarred Kelenic tested out the infantile dimensions of Yankee Stadium as the highlight of a 2-3 night with a walk.
At the Yankees-Mariners game as a fan tonight. All I wanted was to see Jarred Kelenic do something Statcasty. He scored on a sac fly with 28.7 ft/sec sprint speed (MLB avg = 27) and hit a go-ahead short-porch HR that's literally only a HR at Yankee Stadium.— David Adler (@_dadler) August 6, 2021
What a day pic.twitter.com/91Aw9GyBHU
Chad Green is about as good as it gets when it comes to modern-style relievers, and Jarred lasered a breaking ball from the righty over the fence for a unicorn homer that would’ve stayed in the yard everywhere but Seattle. The shenanigans of Kelenic’s blast are why, despite deserved condemnation for the leverage of his failures, the frustrating few mistakes from the home plate umpire do not ultimately take the role I’d initially considered for them in this recap, and certainly Gallo’s Empire State-scraper of a three-run, 347 foot shot off Paul Sewald can’t rightfully draw much ire. And yet, upon review, it is a mere issue of poor timed mistakes over a preponderance of them.
The two clear outliers for the Yankees, off the right side of the plate for a pair of strikes in 3-1 and 2-0 counts in the 9th inning, saving a floundering Aroldis Chapman from more dire straits, even as he was no easy bet to give the game away. Alas, Seattle lost the long ball game to a team that has had shockingly poor cluster luck this season for a club so designed to take advantage of their muscle. Three more shots at New York, with the bright spot at least a continued shine on their top prospect.