What happened to the Yankees the last two nights against Seattle happens about once a decade. Cliff Lee and Felix Hernandez threw back-to-back complete-game victories against them. The last time it happened was in the 2000 season when Chris Carpenter and Kelvin Escobar did it for Toronto. The last time it happened in the Bronx was 1991 when Mark Langston and Jim Abbott did for the Angels.
Hernandez was even better than Lee, firing a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts in the 7-0 victory.
“Those two guys have done a great job against us, especially here at home,” Nick Swisher said. “Hat’s off to them. You’ve got to give credit where credit is due. But tomorrow is a new day. We need to take out some aggression.”
They will try to do that against lefty Ryan Rowland-Smith, who is just 1-7 with a 6.18 ERA.
The Yankees came away rather impressed with King Felix. He became the first pitcher to shut them out in the new stadium.
“The guy’s got amazing stuff,” Colin Curtis said. “He was hitting his spots.”
“His velocity is down to 94-95 and it used to be 99,” Swisher said. “But I’d much rather be facing 99 straight than 94 and the sink that he has on his ball right now.”
Javy Vazquez allowed three runs and six hits while fanning eight and walking two over six innings.
“A lot of times, three runs in six innings will win a lot of games,” Joe Girardi said. “But not tonight. Not against Felix.”
This was the Yankees’ worst margin of defeat this year, and it followed Tuesday’s 7-4 defeat.
“This is what you go through during the course of a season,” Girardi said. “You’ve got to pick yourself up and get at it tomorrow.”
The Yankees have lost three of four, while the Mariners have won 9 of 12. And they’re still just 33-44. …
Mark Teixeira extended his season-high hitting streak to 11 games. Yet he has just 12 hits in this span. …
Derek Jeter has gone a career-high 14 straight games without an RBI. …
Damaso Marte had set down 19 straight lefty hitters until he gave up Russell Branyon’s two-run shot in the seventh. …
Marcus Thames began his rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He went 1 for 4 with an RBI at Pawtucket. Girardi said before the game that Thames must still play some games in the outfield before he returns. …
OK, that’s it for tonight.