The Yankees beat the Mariners, 3-1, to take the four-game series at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
Six Takeaway's from Thursday's game...
1) J.A. Happ allowed just one hit, but failed to record an out in the sixth inning, getting pulled at 94 pitches (55 strikes). Happ walked three batters and struck out seven, going deep into counts too often. Happ is clearly performing better than he did in his first few starts, but there is room for improvement in terms of being more economical with his pitches to provide the club some length.
2) Gio Urshela, who left Wednesday's game after fouling a ball off his knee, entered tonight's game as a defensive replacement for Miguel Andujar at third base. Urshela came up in the eighth inning with the bases loaded and two outs and delivered a two-run single to provide the Yankees two insurance runs. Urshela is on an amazing offensive run and continues to dig his heels into the starting third base role.
3) Tommy Kahnle pitched a scoreless seventh inning, throwing just eight pitches and recording a strikeout. Kahnle has thrown zeroes in 15 of 17 appearances this season (one of those games he gave up unearned runs) and lowered his ERA to 1.20.
4) Zack Britton threw a scoreless eighth inning and was in complete control doing so, generating a strikeout and a groundout. Britton's production is extremely important to the Yankees as the setup man for closer Aroldis Chapman, so it is good to see him turn in a second straight sharp performance.
5) Chapman, who hadn't pitched since May 5, came on in the ninth to seal the Yanks' victory. It was Chapman's eighth save on the season, but he did allow a home run after two quick outs.
6) Andujar remains mired in his slump, now failing to record a hit in his last 15 at-bats, bring his average is down to .143 for the season. One has to wonder if his shoulder is fully healthy, because he's not just failing to gets hits, but simply hit the ball hard. If it is rust, he'll work through it, but add a bum shoulder and that's another story.
Flamin' Hot Gios. pic.twitter.com/kLq91IpRmx- New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 10, 2019
The Yankees hit the road for a three-game set against the first-place Rays, which begins Friday at 7:10 p.m. New York's Domingo Germán and Tampa Bay's Tyler Glasnow are the probable starters.