Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Raul Ibanez belted a pair of homers, including a
grand slam that highlighted a seven-run first inning, as the Seattle Mariners
pounded the New York Yankees, 12-2, Wednesday night.
Ibanez, who had six RBI, continued his amazing recent success in the Bronx,
and Kyle Seager smacked a three-run homer to help the Mariners bounce back
from a 4-3 loss in the opener of this three-game series.
Hisashi Iwakuma (5-1) gave up a pair of solo homers among his eight hits over
seven strong innings to win his third straight start.
It's been a resurgence for the 40-year-old Ibanez over these last two games.
He belted a two-run homer in the sixth inning of Tuesday's game, when the
Mariners blew a 3-0 lead.
This is the second two-homer, six RBI game for Ibanez. His other came July 14,
2002 while with Kansas City against the Angels. Over his last 11 games at
Yankee Stadium (including playoffs), Ibanez has nine homers and 20 RBI, all
while compiling a .500 (18-for-36) average.
Vernon Wells and Chris Stewart homered for the Yankees, who lost for just the
second time in their last nine games.
Phil Hughes (2-3) didn't make it out of the first inning. The right-hander,
who gave up six hits and seven runs while recording just two outs, had a five-
start unbeaten string snapped.
Right-hander Brett Marshall threw 108 pitches over 5 2/3 innings in his major
league debut, but surrendered homers to Ibanez and Seager. Marshall allowed
nine hits and five runs, while also walking five.
Hughes retired Michael Saunders on a fly ball to start the game. Hughes then
walked Dustin Ackley and Seager singled to put runners at the corners. Kendrys
Morales lined a single to left field, and Michael Morse's ground ball base hit
to right field plated Seager for a 2-0 lead.
After walking Justin Smoak to load the bases, Hughes delivered a pitch that
was tattooed by Ibanez over the wall in right-center field.
Ibanez, who spent the 2012 season with the Yankees, homered for a second
straight game and for the third time in his last four contests. It was his
11th career grand slam.
Saunders' double plated Brendan Ryan later in the frame for the 7-0 margin.
Hughes was then removed after throwing 36 pitches and was replaced by Preston
Wells homered to left field in the bottom of the first, but Ibanez went deep
to left with Morse aboard in the fifth to widen the gap to 9-1. It was the
first runs allowed by the New York bullpen in the last 10 games.
Stewart homered to left leading off the bottom of the fifth, but Seager
smashed a pitch from Marshall over the wall in right-center in the sixth for a
Yankees manager Joe Girardi removed Marshall with two outs and runners at the
corners in the ninth inning. Shortstop Alberto Gonzalez then came in to retire
Robert Andino on a fly ball for the last out of the frame.
The seven first inning runs were the most allowed by the Yankees at home since
May 20, 2008 against Baltimore ... Prior to the game, the Yankees selected the
contract of infielder David Adams from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and also
designated third baseman Chris Nelson for assignment. Adams, who turned 26
Wednesday, started at third base in his major league debut and singled in the
sixth inning ... Wells moved from designated hitter to second base and Jayson
Nix from second to shortstop for the final out of the top of the ninth.
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