July 17, 2019

A Rookie Mariners Pitcher Stifles the Yankees

A Rookie Mariners Pitcher Stifles the Yankees


Mariners starter Yusei Kikuchi was brilliant in his Yankee Stadium debut Wednesday, giving up three hits in seven and two-thirds innings, and Ryon Healy had four extra-base hits as the Seattle Mariners routed the Yankees, 10-1.

Healy homered and hit three doubles to help the Mariners win for only the second time in 10 games. Mitch Haniger and Edwin Encarnación also went deep as Seattle (20-19) snapped a seven-game losing streak in the Bronx.

Kikuchi (2-1) drew some scrutiny from the Yankees when Manager Aaron Boone said he was aware that cameras showed a dark substance — perhaps pine tar — smudged under the brim of the rookie’s cap.

“I’ll take a look at it,” Boone said.

After walking his first batter, Kikuchi retired 16 in a row before Mike Tauchman fisted a bloop double over third base with one out in the sixth for New York’s first hit. D.J. LeMahieu followed with a soft single to right field, and Luke Voit’s sacrifice fly prevented a shutout.

Facing an injury-depleted Yankees lineup stacked with eight right-handed hitters, Kikuchi was in complete control during his second consecutive stellar outing. He struck out three and walked one while throwing 74 strikes on 106 pitches, his most in nine major league starts.

Jonathan Loaisiga (1-1) was recalled from the minors to start in place of injured James Paxton, and gave up four runs on six hits in four innings.

INSIDE PITCH

Center fielder Aaron Hicks (lower back strain) may be reinstated from the injured list this weekend at Tampa Bay. Hicks played nine innings in center field and went 0 for 3 with a walk Wednesday for Class A Tampa. … Third baseman Gio Urshela fouled a ball off his left knee and was replaced in the field. X-rays were negative.



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