Happ, bullpen shine in 3-1 victory over Mariners
The Yankees defeated the Mariners on Thursday night by a score of 3-1. After dropping the third game of the series, they sent J.A. Happ to the mound for the finale. He wound up going five innings, allowing no runs on just one hit while walking three and striking out seven. Cameron Maybin got the Yankees on the board in the first inning with an RBI double to score Clint Frazier. The game turned out to be quite the pitchers’ duel, as Mariners’ starter Mike Leake went seven innings, allowing one run on six hits while walking none and striking out two.
The game remained 1-0 until the bottom of the eighth when Seattle reliever Connor Sadzeck intentionally walked Gleyber Torres to load the bases. Gio Urshela stepped up to the plate looking to give the Yankees some insurance for the ninth, and after falling behind 1-2 in the count, he lined a two-seam fastball from Sadzeck out to right field, scoring DJ LeMahieu and Brett Gardner to make it 3-0 Yankees. The Mariners broke up the shutout down to their last strike in the ninth, as Domingo Santana hit a 2-2 pitch from Aroldis Chapman over the auxiliary scoreboard in right-center field to make it 3-1 Yankees. Chapman got Ryon Healy to ground out to second base for the final out, picking up his eighth save of the season and securing the series victory for the Yankees.
The Yankees are now 22-15 on the season, just a game and a half back of the first place Rays. They’ll have the opportunity to take sole possession of first place in the American League East for the first time since Opening Day as they head to Tropicana Field for a weekend series with the Rays. Domingo Germán will get the start in the series opener, looking to continue his dominance this season and improve on his 6-1 record and 2.35 ERA. He’ll oppose Rays’ starter Tyler Glasnow, who is off to an even better start in 2019 than Domingo, as he comes into this series with a 6-0 record and a 1.47 ERA. First pitch is set for 7:10 PM ET.