(Courtesy of the AP)
Joe was mixing and matching with his lineup on Monday night for the Royals series finale and got rained out before his newest creation could take the field. He bailed on that plan for the series opener out in Seattle, instead opting to return to the "business as usual" setup. In one of the least unpredictable outcomes in baseball history, that failed to produce more than 3 runs. In an outcome that actually was unpredictable and unexpected, Vidal Nuno pitched well enough to overcome that and get a win.
- The Yanks did most of their damage in the top of the 1st, all of it with 2 outs and both run-scoring hits coming off the bat of slumping guys like Carlos Beltran (RBI double) and Brian McCann (RBI infield single).
- Seattle got 1 back in the bottom half on a 2-out Robinson Cano double (remember those?) and a ribbie single by Cole Gillespie. It was 2-1 Yanks after 1 and those were the only runs they'd score for a while.
- As usual, the Yankees had their chances. Jacoby Ellsbury was called out on strikes with 2 on and 2 out in the 5th and they shut themselves down with 2 inning-ending double plays in the 2nd and 6th.
- Nuno dodged a few bullets of his own through 5, and exited after getting Cano out for the 2nd out int he 6th. I figured Joe would have wanted Betances for Cano, but whatever. Betances wasn't at his sharpest again, giving up the game-tying run in the 7th on a hit batter, wild pitch, and RBI single.
- The Captain led the charge to pick him up in the top of the 8th, roping a hanging first-pitch slide for a ground-rule double into left to end Hisashi Iwakuma's night. The M's went to Charlie Furbush and he couldn't get it done, giving up a base hit to Ellsbury to put the Yanks back front.
- Adam Warren and David Robertson made that stand up with solid 8th and 9th innings. D-Rob struck out the side again with a walk mixed in for fun.
- Jeter: 2-3, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 BB. Probably shouldn't have thrown him a slider, Iwakuma. He can still hit those when you miss with them.
- Nuno: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K. I'll take it.
- Bottom of the Order: Combined 0-9, 1 BB, 2 K, 3 LOB. All the hits came from the top 6. Maybe that's the way you want it to be.
Iwakuma last night, Ma-kun tonight. Masahiro Tanaka goes for his 10th win of the season against Chris Young.