With the Yankees clinging to a 3-2 lead over the Mariners in the bottom of the ninth, in came Mo for save #600. And he got it in grand style. The celebration on the mound was typically low key for a man who personifies low key, but there was no mistaking how proud he was and maybe even relieved. Now it’s onto breaking Hoffman’s record and becoming the saves leader of all time.
Meanwhile, AJ was his usual enigma but with a happy ending this time. He was so shaky at first, his command totally off – from hitting batters and throwing wild pitches to issuing walks and getting into full counts. But he struck out 11 and held the M’s to two runs. Not too shabby.
Soriano was great in the seventh, and D-Rob was maddening but got the job done. (Why must he load the bases before squeaking out of trouble?)
The offense was as expected: weak against a pitcher who was unfamiliar. But three runs proved to be enough for the win. And good thing, since the Red Sox finally won one too.