As you would expect, Yankees fans booed Robinson Cano in his return to the Bronx; in fact that booed him pretty hardly throughout the game, even chanting "you sold out" at one point, which was pretty absurd, but in the end, Cano and the Mariners would get the last laugh as they defeated the Yankees, 6-3, on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Cano picked up a hit in four at-bats to go along with his stolen base and run scored, while catcher Mike Zunino became the first Mariners catcher to ever get four hits in a game against the Yankees in the rain-soaked victory.
The Yankees had struck first, scoring the first two runs of the game to help backup CC Sabathia, who looked pretty good through the first four innings before running into all of his trouble in the 5th.
Mark Teixeira put the Yankees on the board in the 2nd inning with a solo homerun to right field off starting pitcher Chris Young, for his three homerun of the season, and second in as many games. Joel Sherman noted on Twitter that Hitting Coach Kevin long told him to watch for Teixeira keeping both hands on the bat in his follow-through, which he did on the homerun. That means he's ready to do damage, according to Long. Good to hear.
The Yankees doubled their lead an inning later when Brian Roberts made his way home after a throw down to second base in an attempt to catch the stealing Brett Gardner went into center field.
Sabathia had permitted just two singles, a double and a hit-by-pitch through the first four innings before the M's tagged him for four runs in the 5th inning.
Zunino reached on an infield single to open the inning. He was originally called out at first base, but replay showed he was safe, so the call was overturned. Sabathia struck out Stefan Romero, then Cano groundout to first base, scoring a run. The next batter, Corey Hart, doubled to right field to plate two more runs, giving Seattle a 3-2 lead. Justin Smoak followed with a single to drive in Hart, making it a 4-2 game.
Sabathia entered the 6th inning with over 90 pitches, and put on the first two batters of the inning, plucking Kyle Seager, then giving up a single to Zunino, forcing Joe Girardi to go to the bullpen.
Sabathia's final line: 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 2 HBP, 6 K (98 pitches, 68 strikes).
Dellin Betances came on in relief of Sabathia, and he looked sharp once again, striking out the first two batters he faced, and setting down the M's in order to end the 6th.
Cano opened the 7th inning with an infield single off Betances, then stole second base, showing Yankees fans that he can, in fact, hustle around the bases. Beltances struck out the next two hitters after the Cano single, but gave up an RBI single Dustin Ackley that ended his night.
Preston Claiborne was up next out of the bullpen, and quickly gave up an RBI single to Zunino, his fourth hit, to push the Mariners' lead to 6-2.
After Chris Leroux pitched a scoreless 9th inning in his Yankees debut, the Bombers tried putting together a late rally. Ichiro singled in the 9th, and moved over to third base on a Brian Roberts double, then scored on an infield single by Gardner, cutting Seattle's lead to 6-3. But with runners on the corners, Carlos Beltran struck out to end the game.
The Yankees and Mariners are back at it again Wednesday night, with Hiroki Kuroda getting the ball in the second game of this three game set at 7:05 pm ET.