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Offense can't solve Sabathia as M's fall in game two to Yankees

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

8/23 vs NYY by TOM HAYDEN 

67-58, 5.5 GB in AL WEST ----

The Mariners fell to the now 64-61 New York Yankees on Tuesday night in Seattle by a final score of 5-1. The game was nationally televised on ESPN, but unfortunately, the M's couldn't get things done. these games happen in the game of baseball, of course. It was a simple loss for the M's, and no single player had anything to do with the loss. RHP Taijuan Walker made his first since being called up from AAA Tacoma on Tuesday night. His command was not really there, but the outing was not a a terrible one at all for the righty. Walker was optioned to AAA Tacoma earlier this month for lacking consistency in his starts, something manager Scott Servais is very serious about, especially at this time of the year. Offense on Tuesday night was silent as NYY LHP CC Sabathia had an impressive start, working his pitched very well on the Mariners. With the loss, our M's have dropped to 67-58 on the season, yet are still just 5.5 games in back of the first place Texas Rangers in the American League Western division standings. For a Wild Card spot, the Mariners are 2 GB due to the Baltimore Orioles winning 2 straight games. BAL currently sits in that second wild card spot. 

On the mound on Tuesday night, RHP Taijuan Walker took the ball for his 18th start of the season, and his first since earlier this month, August 6th vs the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Walker went a decent 5.2 innings in front of the national TV audience, giving up 4 runs on 6 hits (3 runs earned) while walking 3 and striking out 5 Yankees on the night. Walker gave up a 2-run homer to NYY CF Jacoby Ellsbury in the top of the fifth inning. Unfortunately, Taijuan suffered the loss in this one, so he now has an individual W-L record of 4-8 on the season with an ERA of 4.14 in 95.2 innings pitched so far this season. In relief on Tuesday night were LHP Vidal Nuño (.268 ERA), RHP Tony Zych (2.77 ERA), and LHP Wade LeBlanc (4.53 ERA). Nuño went 0.1 innings tossing a blank frame. "Flame thrower" Tony Zych made his first appearance after being recalled off of the 60-day disabled list. Tuesday night was Zych's first appearance in a big league game since May 1st vs the Kansas City Royals. Tony went a full 1.0 inning giving up just 2 hits while striking out 1 Yankee. LHP Wade LeBlanc, who has recently been moved to the bull pen, went 2.0 innings giving up 1 run on 1 hit while striking out a solid 4 Yanks in his outing. 

Offensively on Tuesday night, the Mariners had a tough night putting up just 1 run on 4 hits. SS Ketel Marte (.265 AVG), batting in that ninth spot again, put up the 1 Seattle run with an RBI single to center field in the bottom of the third inning, scoring Leonys Martin. With the RBI in a 1-for-3 night at the plate, Marte now has a total of 24 on the season. Putting himself into scoring position on Tuesday night was CF Leonys Martin (.245 AVG) connecting for his 3rd triple of the season, this one off of Sabathia in the third inning! The triple was launched deep into the right field corner of Safeco Field. Connecting for the other 2 hits on the night for Seattle was 2B Robinson Canó (.295 AVG) who went 2-for-4 at the dish notching a pair of singles on Tuesday night for the M's. 

WHAT'S NEXT? : 

The Mariners will now look to avoid their first series loss at home in the month of August as we get set and ready for some matinee rubber-match baseball on Wednesday afternoon at the Safe. Looking to help the M's achieve another series win will be RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (14-8, 3.36 ERA) making his 26th start of the 2016 season for Seattle. Iwakuma and the M's are set and ready to face NYY ace RHP Masahiro Tanaka (10-4, 3.35 ERA). The pitching matchup will be a rematch of one we saw earlier this season when the Mariners fell in the Bronx to the Yanks on April 17th. Be sure to catch all of the series finale action for this one on Wednesday afternoon on ROOT Sports NW for watching or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle radio! First pitch start time- 12:40 PM PAC, 3:40 PM ET! 

This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue as our M's #KeepFighting. 

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