It’s not a throw to home plate, but the final score of every Mariners-Yankees game this weekend. Thankfully, today that 6 belonged to the Mariners, keeping a sweep away and giving Kevin Millwood his first win of 2012.
Since his last start against Detroit, Millwood posted his strongest numbers of the season, going 7.0 innings with just 4 hits, 1 earned run, 4 walks, and 6 strikeouts in 25 batters. After four scoreless frames, Millwood donated a run to the Yankees with a bases-loaded walk to Russell Martin. This time, it was the Yankees’ turn to go 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position, while the Mariners pulled out a 3-for-9 effort—the most RISP scored since May 8.
Casper Wells did much of the heavy lifting in today’s lineup, providing 4 of the 6 runs on a 2-RBI homer and 2-RBI single. In the 9th, he not only drove in the last two runs, but made the final three outs of the game, including a perfect throw to Alex Liddi to nab a triple from Nick Swisher.
As both a sidenote and an interesting fact about the Mariners: Justin Smoak kicked the offense into gear this morning, going yard against Andy Pettitte and driving in Jesus Montero for the Mariners’ first two runs of the game. Combined with Wells’ long shot, Seattle has now put up five home runs in the last three games.
Whether it was the pink-dipped bats, the supportive Seattle mothers sitting in the stands, or the sheer presence of Casper Wells, the Mariners appear to be getting back on their feet after going 0-for-2 at the start of this roadtrip. Tomorrow, they hop over to Fenway Park for a 2-game series against the Red Sox, where, hopefully, they will continue a streak of both home runs and wins.
Next game: @ Red Sox | May 14 | 4:10pm