Rapid Reaction: Yankees 6, Mariners 2

August, 5, 2012
WHAT IT MEANS: Once again on Sunday afternoon, we learned that Raul Ibanez is an RBI machine for the Yankees this year.

Ibanez accounted for half of the Yankees' runs in their 6-2 win on Sunday.

He went deep in the fifth to put the Yankees up, 4-2, and then added a two-run single in the sixth off of former Met Oliver Perez to essentially put the game away.

In all, Ibanez has driven in 49 runs on 68 hits in 2012.

On Sunday, those RBIs helped New York to its third win in four games.

THE GOOD: Ichiro Suzuki's hit streak continued with a sun-aided double on Sunday.

Leading off the seventh, Suzuki hit a fly ball that Seattle center fielder Michael Saunders lost in the sun.

Saunders attempted to shield his eyes from the sun couldn't get a glove on the ball and it fell in for a double.

With the hit, Suzuki tied the Yankees' record for the longest hitting streak to start a Yankee career. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Don Slaught also had a 12-game streak to start his tenure in pinstripes in 1988.

HITS KEEP COMING FOR JETER Derek Jeter had an RBI single in the fourth and an infield single in the eighth, bringing his AL-leading total to 140 hits. ... Righty Freddy Garcia allowed two runs in five innings. Boone Logan, David Robertson and Rafael Soriano combined for four scoreless innings.

THE BAD: Jesus Montero went 2-for-4 with two RBI, hurting his old club on Sunday. The Yankees traded Montero in a deal to obtain Michael Pineda, who has been sidelined with a shoulder injury.

OLLIE SIGHTING: The former Mets starter -- and flameout -- struggled on Sunday, giving up two hits, a walk and a run in 2/3 of an inning.

WHAT'S NEXT: The Yankees head to Detroit for a four-game set, beginning Monday. Ivan Nova (10-5, 4.53 ERA) takes on Justin Verlander (11-7. 2.63 ERA).

Ian Begley

ESPN New York Writer



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