There are approximately dozens of Japanese reporters covering this series. Having Ichiro Suzuki and Hideki Matsui in the same series is a certified Big Deal for Japanese baseball fans.
Matsui didn’t play tonight, so the attention was focused on Ichiro. He went his customary 2 for 5 but inexplicably tried to steal third with two outs and a 2-0 count on Russell Branyan in the seventh inning with his team down 4-2.
The dumb play helped the Yankees as Phil Coke got to face Branyan again in the eighth inning. So instead of facing a lefty and two righties, he got two lefties and a righty.
The Japanese media sent a strong force into the Yankees clubhouse to quiz Jose Molina on his having gunned down Ichiro. Jose, who has a good sense of humor, looked over the crowd gathered around his locker and grinned.
“Ichiro sucks!” he said.
Everybody laughed. That’s how it’s going for the Yankees these days. Seattle lets a fly ball drop in during the second inning and four unearned runs come across. Ichiro makes a mistake and a possible rally is thwarted.
Then there’s Sergio Mitre, who allowed one earned run in 5.1 innings. He’s 2-1 and the Yankees are 4-2 in his six starts. You’d like to see him go a little deeper and give up a few less hits. But you can’t ask for much better from the No. 5 starter.
Without further ado … Sergio Mitre audio!
Follow this link: http://lohud.com/audio/yankees/Mitre0815.mp3
Sergio Mitre audio? What has the world come to?
Thanks for hanging in there tonight. Yankees go for the sweep tomorrow with Jobamania on the hill. It’s an afternoon game, so come hang out.