[caption id="attachment_455" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Rob Johnson!"] [/caption]When they brought rookie Adam Moore to the big leagues this month, the Seattle Mariners worried that he wouldn't get playing time.
Today, he'll start his second game - and he's going to go all the way, because there's no healthy catcher behind him.
Kenji Johjima took a foul ball off the knee Saturday night and came in so sore Sunday he was immediately scratched from the starting lineup.
Rob Johnson? Well, Johnson sprained his left ankle on Friday - celebrating Ichiro's walk-off home run.
How, you ask, did that happen?
Johnson was among the throng of Mariners waiting at home plate for Ichiro, and was standing in one of the batters boxes. When he jumped up in joy, he came down in a hole created by a hitter and rolled the ankle.
So it's Moore today. All day.
Joba Chamberlain vs. Ian Snell, rubber game of the Yankees-Mariners series.
Jose Lopez doubled with one out, his 38th two-base hit of the season. Ken Griffey Jr. followed with 19th double, good for his 47th RBI and a Mariner lead.
Adrian Beltre singled up the middle and doubled that lead.
After one: Mariners 2, Yankees 0
Adding to that lead
Singles by Mike Carp and Adam Moore - Moore's first in the majors - were followed by Josh Wilson's sacrifice bunt.
The Yankees intentionally walked Ichiro to load 'em up and set up a double play, but Chamberlain walked Franklin Gutierrez to force in a run.
Lopez then flied to center field, bringing home his 91st RBI.
Griffey hit his 16th home run of the season - the 627th of his career - and complete a five-run rally.
After two: Mariners 7, Yankees 0
Snell hasn't been all that efficient - 90 pitches in five innings - but he has been effective.
Two Yankee hits, a couple of walks, Snell has limited the New York offense, so far, but his pace leaves a bit to be desired.
Too picky? Perhaps. The kid is putting up zeroes, but he's not jumping ahead of hitters and putting them away - and he's not missing many bats today.
He may have an inning left.
In the fifth: Mariners 7, Yankees 0
That'll do, lad
A pair of doubles sandwiched around a walk brought in a Yankee run and reliever Garrett Olson.
After 105 pitches, Snell walked off to a nice ovation and is line for his fifth win in 10 starts with Seattle. Still, one thing is obvious in those starts - he hasn't gone past six innings in any of them, and hasn't gotten that far in seven of them.
Today, with a big lead, Snell went 5 1/3 innings. Olson got out of the inning with Yankee runners on second and third.
In the sixth: Mariners 7, Yankees 1
Another hand off
Olson went 1 2/3 shutout innings and handed off to Mark Lowe - and Mark Teixeira doubled.
A-Rod flied out to huge applause. Hideki Matsui struck out Jorge Posada grounded out. Great relief work today.
In the eighth: Mariners 7, Yankees 1
And in the end
David Aardsma in - he needed the work - and the Mariners needed the win, their 78th of the season. He worked a 1-2-3 inning.
Against the team with the American League's best record, the Mariners took two of three games and finished a respectable 4-6 against New York this season.
It's a final: Mariners 7, Yankees 1