Well, that was a complete mess. The Yankees scored one run in a game started by Jeremy Bonderman, who was making his second major league start in three years. Meanwhile, Hiroki Kuroda had two outs and no one on base in the fourth inning before allowing a bottom-of-the-order rally that led to four runs and a 4-1 Mariners win. Kuroda’s fourth inning was ugly, but my goodness, the middle of the order — Nos. 2 through 5 — had one hits, and that didn’t come until there were two outs in the ninth. The Yankees’ only run came in the first inning when Brett Gardner led off with a double and came around to score on a series of ground balls. Even that lone run might have been enough had Kuroda not fallen apart in one inning. With two outs, Mike Morse doubled, Nick Franklin and Kelly Shoppach walked, and Brennan Ryan — who’s still a major leaguer only because of his glove — singled in two runs. Then Jason Bay — who the Mets paid to go away – also singled in two runs. Otherwise, Kuroda was fine as he scattered a handful of base runners, but one bad inning and a bad Yankees offense was too much to overcome.
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