Yankees’ winning streak ends as offense flops in loss to Mariners

Seattle – The Yankees’ winning streak and rushing offense were destroyed by their (former) own.

George Kirby, who grew up in Rye as a Yankees fan, suffocated them for eight scoreless innings in which he allowed only three harmless singles.

The Mariners finally took advantage in the bottom of the 10th inning, when Cal Raleigh put the Yankees up 1–0 on Wednesday night at T-Mobile Park with a walk-off single against Ron Marinaccio.

The Yankees did not take advantage of a gift in the top of the 10th, as DJ LeMahieu led off on a ground ball to shortstop that J.P. Crawford lofted, putting runners on the corners. After Isiah Keener-Falefa popped up, Jake Bowers walked to load the bases, but Anthony Volpe hit a grounder to third with the Mariners coming home for a force out.

Aaron Boone then used Franchi Cordero as a pinch-hitter – the manager expected Anthony Rizzo (stiff neck) to be available off the bench, but apparently that was not the case. Instead, Cordero struck out to leave the bases loaded.


Cal Raleigh (center) is flanked by Teoscar Hernandez (left) and Julio Rodriguez after belting the game-winning single in the 10th inning of the Yankees’ 1-0 loss to the Mariners.
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Clark Schmidt had his best start of the season, throwing 5 ⅔ scoreless innings while walking three hits and seven strikeouts. The only thing that kept them from a deserved victory was Kirby one-upping them for the Mariners.

After the Yankees had scored 30 runs in their last three games, he was silenced by Kirby. The right-hander started the game going nine up, nine down, until Gleber Torres led off the fourth inning with a single, though he was soon erased when he hit the bag trying to steal second base. Overslideed.

Meanwhile, Schmidt also made a start, retiring the first eight batters. 9 hitter Kolten Wong. The Mariners threatened to make it costly, as JP Crawford singled to put runners on the corners.


In the fourth inning, Aaron Judge struck out while swinging.
In the fourth inning, Aaron Judge struck out while swinging.
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But Schmidt got Ty France to hit a grounder up the middle that Gleyber Torres simply picked up and threw to end the inning.

It was the second strong defensive play in as many innings by Torres, as he also made a sliding stop on the second ball to strike out Cal Raleigh.

After Torres’ single in the fourth, the Yankees did not have a second base runner until Kyle Higashioka hit a one-out single in the sixth. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Greg Allen, who may have been bunting for a hit.


Mariners starter George Kirby is congratulated by teammates after pitching eight scoreless innings.
Mariners starter George Kirby is congratulated by teammates after pitching eight scoreless innings.
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Torres then came close again, but his line drive was stopped by a leaping Crawford at shortstop to end the threat.

Schmidt gave up a two-out single to Julio Rodríguez in the bottom of the sixth, at which point Aaron Boone pulled him on 84 pitches for Vandy Peralta. The lefty was brought in to face left-handed hitting Jared Kelenick, he did the job, breaking out the former Mets prospect.

In the seventh, DJ Lemahieu poked a two-out single into right field, allowing Isiah Kinar-Falefa to be the hero again. The red-hot utilityman made a charge at a ball, but Julio Rodríguez tracked it down, running right past the wall in left-center field.

The Yankees then had an injury scare in the bottom of the inning when Eugenio Suárez led off by drilling a bullet to right field. Greg Allen was trying to get back on the warning track, but he couldn’t get it and instead slammed his left shoulder into the base of the wall. Boone and a trainer visited him after he woke up, but Allen remained in the game.


Clark Schmidt, who pitched in the sixth inning, did not allow a run in the loss for the Yankees.
Clark Schmidt, who pitched in the sixth inning, did not allow a run in the loss for the Yankees.
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Peralta trapped Suárez at second, two ground balls and a strikeout to escape.

The Mariners made sure Aaron Judge didn’t have a chance to win it for the Yankees in the top of the ninth, intentionally walking him with two outs. Willie Calhoun could not make him pay, striking out to end the inning.

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