Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Heroics from unlikely pair key Yankees' victory

The New York Yankees (28-25) roller coaster ride is back on the chains heading up as they defeated the Seattle Mariners (24-28) for their second straight win courtesy of big hits from an unlikely pair.

Stephen Drew
Photo credit: Keith Allison via Flickr
Stephen Drew, who entered the night hitting .160/.231/.301 and coming off a two-day benching, delivered a game-tying double off Mariners’ closer Fernando Rodney {arrow remains in quiver} in the ninth inning with a 1-2 count and two outs. Drew went 2-for-5 in his return to the lineup. Dare we ask if this can jump-start his season and resuscitate his career?

Two innings later, Garrett Jones, who entered the game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter for the slumping Chris Young, roped a three-run homer to center field with two outs giving the Bombers a 5-2 lead. Andrew Miller allowed a run in the ninth but the Yankees came away with the victory.

Drew’s double was another big hit for the second baseman, who otherwise cannot find a rhythm at the plate. Drew's timely hits are one thing that keeps Yankees manager Joe Girardi from completely removing him from the lineup. The others; Jose Pirela cannot hit a lick either and apparently no one trusts Rob Refsnyder.

As for Jones, the man has also had a couple clutch hits of late and could get more playing time if it continues. Jones has received minimal starts because Mark Teixeira has been healthy {knocking on wood} and Young at one time was hitting the cover off the ball. Young is in a freefall so Jones might get some more plate appearances until Jacoby Ellsbury is back with the club. Maybe he gets a "thank you" start today against right-hander Taijuan Walker?

Of note:

Maybe David Carpenter, who allowed ANOTHER inherited runner to score (now has allowed four of nine inherited runners to score), is never going to figure things out and he’ll get the boot soon. I’ve stuck up for Carpenter but it gets harder and harder to do so. The Yankees have a decision to make today before Masahiro Tanaka is activated later today. While I went another way in speculating what the Yankees will do, Carpenter could be in trouble now. If not now, he might be when the Yankees need another pitching spot when Ivan Nova returns and potentially pushes Adam Warren to the bullpen.

CC Sabathia was decent – 5.2 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. This is about the best we can expect from Sabathia and at this point the Yankees will be happy if that's what he provides.

The Yankees used five lefties in the game marking the first time that's happened in club history.

Christopher Carelli is a freelance baseball writer. Besides his work here, Christopher is a featured Yankees writer for His baseball commentary has also been published on Yahoo Sports and linked multiple times on MLB Trade Rumors’ Baseball Blogs Weigh In. He is a member of the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America, the Baseball Bloggers Alliance and the BYB Hub.