By Howard Goldin
BRONX, NEW YORK, August 6- The Yankees captured the rubber game of the weekend series over Seattle with a 6-2 win on Sunday afternoon. It was the eighth time in the last 10 occasions that the Yankees successfully rebounded from a shutout loss with a victory.
Unlike the previous day’s contest, the game on Sunday hardly featured a pitching masterpiece. Both starters pitched five innings. Mariners’ starter Hisashi Iwamura gave up four runs on seven hits, two walks and a hit batsman. The Yankees scored a single run in four of his five innings on the mound.
The run in the fifth was scored on a solo home run by Raúl Ibañez, the homer was his 14th of 2012 and the major league leading 168th for the Yanks. The team is currently on pace to shatter its single season mark of 244, set in 2009.
In the following frame, Ibañez came to bat with two out and the bases loaded. The veteran drove in two runners with a single.
In addition to Ibañez, Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano and Chris Stewart each twice hit successfully.
Jeter raised his career hit total to 3,228, 24 hits below Napoleon Lajoie. He scored his 1,830th run in the first, which tied him with Frank Robinson for 14th place.
Cano has hit safely in 33 of his last 27 games. He and Jeter began the game with identical team leading batting averages of
Suzuki’s double in the seventh raised his consecutive game hitting streak to 12. He also tied Don Slaught for the longest hitting streak at the start of a Yankee career. It also is the longest Yankees hitting streak in which a player had exactly one hit in each game.
Freddy Garcia pitched the requisite five innings to qualify for the win. The victory ended his three-game losing streak. The 35-year-old hurler recorded his 150th career win, a high for pitchers born in Venezuela. Garcia ranks 12th in wins for all pitchers who were born in Latin America.
Of the accomplishment, Joe Girardi remarked, “It just goes to show how consistent he’s been.”
Garcia gave up five hits and two runs I his five frames. Girardi was quite pleased, “Freddy’s going to give you everything he’s got every time he goes out. That’s just what Freddy does. He keeps us in every game.”
The bullpen easily carried the remaining four innings, allowing only one baserunner in four innings.
The Yanks now embark on a seven game road trip, four games in Detroit and then three in Toronto. Girardi looked forward with hope, “We won a series leaving. Hopefully, this will get us on a good streak.”