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Feierabend vs. Mussina - Mariners Game # 142

The Mariners rotation is now without Carlos Silva, Jarrod Washburn and Erik Bedard, which means youngsters Brandon Morrow, Ryan Rowland-Smith and now Ryan Feierabend will take regular turns the rest of the way.

With Felix Hernandez making his starts, that leaves one spot open. Who fills it? Miguel Batista or R.A. Dickey are available.

We'll find out next week.

Meanwhile, it's the final Mariners vs. Yankees game of the year.

Wonder why coaches say the best pitch in baseball is 'strike one?' Because when you fall behind big-league hitters, nothing good happens.

Feierabend fell behind Derek Jeter in the first inning, 2-0, then threw too good a pitch and Jeter hit it for his 10th home run.

Yankees 1, Mariners 0 ...

Sometimes unhittable pitches don't work.

Feierabend threw one about ankle height to outfielder Xavier Nady, and he went down and got it - and hit it out for his 10th home run.

It wasn't a pitch Feierabend wishes he had back. It's one he can't believe was hit out. Major League hitters break young hearts routinely.

Yankees 2, Mariners 0 ...

Rookie first baseman Bryan LaHair's struggles continue, and he hasn't made a case that the position is his in 2009.

In 111 at-bats, he has two home runs and five RBI. Those aren't numbers he or the Mariners are happy with.

With a man on base in the second inning, LaHair struck out swinging wildly.

Yankees 2, Mariners 0 ...

Mussina's turn: After giving up a leadoff single to Yuniesky Betrancourt, he got the next two Mariners but fell behind Beltre, 2-0.

Beltre hammered his 25th home run the opposite way, just tucking it into the second row in right field.

Tie game.

Mariners 2, Yankees 2 ...

Big-league pitchers must possess the ability tyo pitch out of trouble, since all of them get into it.

Feierabend just did.

With one out and runners and second and third base, he struck out Robinson Cano and got Jose Molina on a fly ball. By doing so, he held the tie and gave his offense the chance to take the lead.

It's what big-league pitchers do, and Feierabend did it.

Mariners 2, Yankees 2 ...

The reward for good pitching? A lead.

Jose Lopez measured Mussina with a long drive that just missed the foul pole, then straightened out a fastball two pitches later for his 13th home run.

Mariners 3, Yankees 2 ...

The Mariners are playing 'add on' and doing it with two outs.

Ichiro's 185th hit of the season was a marvelou bunt that Mussina threw away to put Ichiro on second base. Beltre walked with two outs and Raul Ibanez - who else? - singled up the middle for a run.

That's 102 RBI for Ibanez. It only seems like all of them have been important.

Mariners 4, Yankees 2 ...

Feierabend, who didn't know he'd pitch today until he was dressed and sitting at his locker, gave the team seven marvelous innings and just retired the side on five pitches.

Will he be back out for the eighth?

The bullpen has been warming, and Feierabend has thrown 98 pitches.

Since right-handed hitter Jeter is due up first in the eighth - and has homered, singled and walked - figure Mr. Feierabend is done.

Mussina is already gone.

Mariners 4, Yankees 2 ...

Miguel Batista marched in for the eighth, bringing a 6.09 ERA with him, and struck out Jeter.

Batista has pitched better over the past few weeks, and as a reliever his ERA is 3.00.

He got Abreu on a ground ball, got A-Rod on a ground ball and walked to the dugout.

The ninth inning? That'll be J.J. Putz.

Mariners 4, Yankees 2 ...

Putz will have a three-run lead.

Lopez homered with two outs, his 13th of the season - and the first multi-home run game of his career.

No one can accuse Lopez of a second-half let down in '08. He's played well since opening day, and figures to estalish career highs for hits, batting average, home runs and RBI this year.

Here comes J.J.

Mariners 5, Yankees 2 ...

Not exactly a dominant ninth - Putz hit one batter, gave up a single - but the job got done and he picked up his 12th save.

The loss all but finishes New York's post-season hopes, and the Mariners haven't had those since May.

Still, taking two of three from the Yankees is another positive step - especially for the Mariners young pitchers.

Morrow and Feierabend earned their wins.

Final:

Mariners 5, Yankees 2

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