What it means: That the Yankees can't blow every lead, especially not a seven-run lead with their ace on the mound facing a lineup with the same number of combined home runs (10) as Robinson Cano. (Actually, after Justin Smoak's sixth-inning poke off CC Sabathia, make it 11). Yanks salvage one out of three here in Seattle, and it's off to O-Town we go.
What's good: Sabathia, who was everything an ace is supposed to be and everything the Yankees needed him to be on the day following a late, long, disheartening loss. Sabathia saved the worn-out bullpen by going eight innings, allowing five hits and just one run on Smoak's HR. Offensively, everyone in the Yankee starting lineup had at least one hit. Nick Swisher hit a home run even Franklin Gutierrez couldn't rob from him - it was to left field this time -- Andruw Jones had a bases-clearing double, Curtis Granderson a single, double and triple and Eduardo Nunez, playing SS while Derek Jeter took a DH day, had an RBI triple. Jeter singled in the sixth to put him just 20 hits shy of 3,000. Sabathia's only jam came in the ffth, when the Mariners lodaded the bases with one out, but the big fella escaped by snagging a comebacker to start a snappy 1-2-3 DP to end the inning.
What's not so good: Actually, it's pretty much all good today. It's nitpicking, but where were Jeter and Francisco Cervelli, on second and third, going on Granderson's one-out fly to the right-field corner in the sixth? Routine play turned into an inning ending 9-4-3 DP.
What's next: Three games in Oakland beginning with Mondays Memorial Day matinee, and three tough pitching matchups: Bartolo Colon (2-3. 3.77) vs. RHP Trevor Cahill (6-2, 2.02) on Monday (4:05 p.m.); Freddy Garcia vs. LHP Brett Anderson (3-4, 2.84) on Tuesday night and A.J. Burnett (5-3, 3.99) vs. LHP Gio Gonzales (5-2, 2.17) on Wednesday afternoon.