7:05 PM ET, June 2, 2014
Yankee Stadium, New York, New York
"It was a weird play," Seager said of the triple in the fourth inning. "I basically just kept running."
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Hernandez (8-1) won his fifth straight start to match a career high. The Mariners broke open a game of odd bounces with a four-run seventh inning, and Seager hit a three-run drive in the ninth.
Robinson Cano was again relentlessly booed by Yankees fans, this time in a makeup of a game washed out April 30. In the lineup after sitting four straight with a bruised left hand, he went 1-for-3 with two walks. The former New York second baseman drew a mocking cheer when he was caught too far off first by David Phelps (1-3).
The durable Cano said he was a little scared at first returning from the injury. By the fourth time up, he was fine.
"Hopefully we come tomorrow with no pain," said Cano, who had not missed four games in a season since 2006.
Seattle, which won at Yankee Stadium on April 29 and May 1, took all three games in New York for the first time since sweeping three in 2002. The Mariners have won three straight overall.
Seager became the first major leaguer to hit two triples and at least one homer and one double since Hal Breeden for Montreal in 1973, STATS said. The last AL player to do it was Hoot Evers for Detroit in 1950.
"That's definitely a special one," Seager said. "That's definitely one I'll remember, for sure."
His second triple was aided by a rare mental mistake by Jeter.
Seager hit a blooper down the line that bounced off the glove of sliding left fielder Brett Gardner. Jeter was also giving chase and had a chance to make the catch off the deflection, but couldn't come up with it.
King Felix Likes The New Digs
Felix Hernandez allowed two earned runs in 7 innings Monday and has the lowest ERA of any visiting pitcher at the new Yankee Stadium (opened in 2009), minimum 3 starts.
Lowest ERA by Visiting Pitcher
at New Yankee Stadium
at New Yankee Stadium
|*Min. 3 starts
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With his back to third base umpire Brian Gorman, Jeter did not see the fair signal. When he corralled the ball in foul ground, he continued to jog several steps toward the corner. He looked surprised when he turned, and his throw to third was too late.
Phelps hollered "throw the ball!" as Seager headed to third. After the play was over, Jeter could be seen on television saying "I thought it was foul" as he walked back to the infield.
"I'm in for the bunt and went back on the popup. It never crossed my mind that it was fair. I almost gave it to a fan," Jeter said. "I thought for sure the ball was foul because I was in foul territory."
The Yankees missed Hernandez in April because of the rainout and they certainly wished they had not faced the Mariners' ace Monday. King Felix has been on quite a roll.
The 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner has not lost in nine starts dating to April 21. He was touched for two runs in the fourth when he kicked out his foot and redirected Ichiro Suzuki's grounder up the middle for a two-run single.
"Oh, my God," Hernandez said. "I should have not kicked that."
Hernandez gave up eight hits and two runs in seven innings. He struck out eight without allowing a walk. Hernandez last won five starts in a row in 2009.
Yankees RF Carlos Beltran (right elbow bone spurs) went 0-for-3 as the designated hitter in an extended spring training game against the Phillies in Clearwater, Florida. Beltran said elbow felt good. ... Yankees C Francisco Cervelli (right hamstring strain) went 1-for-2 with a double and walk in his third extended spring training game. ... The Mariners head next to Atlanta and will fly about 6,000 miles on this three-city road trip. ... Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome's Jockey, Victor Espinoza, and Alan Sherman, the son of 77-year-old trainer Art Sherman and his top assistant, threw out ceremonial first pitches.
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02: Felix Hernandez #34 of the Seattle Mariners pitches in the first inning against the New...(Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|2nd||M Zunino reached on infield single to second, K Seager scored.||1||0|
|4th||D Ackley grounded into fielder's choice to second, K Seager scored, M Zunino out at second.||2||0|
|4th||I Suzuki reached on infield single to shortstop, B McCann and Y Solarte scored.||2||2|
|7th||B Miller singled to center, M Zunino and D Ackley scored, E Chavez to second.||4||2|
|7th||M Saunders safe at first on error by first baseman K Johnson, E Chavez and B Miller scored.||6||2|
|9th||M Saunders homered to right (341 feet).||7||2|
|9th||K Seager homered to right (381 feet), R Cano and J Smoak scored.||10||2|
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|Stadium||Yankee Stadium, New York, NY|
|Attendance||41,539 (84.4% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||77 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - David Rackley, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Brian Gorman|
Kyle Seager is the first player with a home run, a double and two triples in a game since the Expos' Hal Breeden did it in 1973 against the Phillies.
Felix Hernandez improved to 5-1 with a 1.37 ERA at the new Yankee Stadium. That is the best era among any pitcher since the stadium opened (min. 3 starts). He had a 4.97 ERA in 2 starts at Old Yankee Stadium[+]
Felix Hernandez Career at Yankee Stadium
Felix Hernandez allowed two earned runs in 7 innings Monday and has the lowest ERA of any visiting pitcher at the new Yankee Stadium (opened in 2009), minimum 3 starts.[+]
Kyle Seager had 4 extra-base hits against the Yankees tonight ... Inside Edge tracks "hard-hit average" for us-- the percentage of at-bats that end in a ball that they rate as hard-hit (they rate all batted balls as hard, medium or soft). The top 5 hitters in that stat entering today are David Ortiz, Troy Tulowitzki, Victor Martinez, Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager. Seager actually rates better in that stat than (among others) Miguel Cabrera, Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion and Yasiel Puig.
The Yankees are 12-13 at Yankee Stadium this season largely because they've only scored 96 runs at home, the second fewest in the American League (Orioles - 76). In the last 20 seasons the Yankees have scored fewer than 96 runs in their first 25 home games just twice, in 2003 and last season (ELIAS).[+]
Yankees Fewest Runs in 1st 25 Home Games - Last 20 Seasons
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