New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera took another step into history tonight with his 600th career save - only the second man in baseball ever to reach that level - and he took the Seattle Mariners into the record book with him,.
The Yankees 3-2 victory over the Mariners came on a night when Seatle hitters struck out 17 more times, giving them a remarkable 74 strike outs in their last six games. On Tuesday, the struck out at least once in every inning, and seven times sruck out twice in an inning.
Want more? The Mariners hitters are now 29 k's short of the all-time single-season franchise record (1,184) with 13 games left. That record has stood the test of time, having been established in ... 2010.
“We’re being aggressive at the plate, too much so right now,” manager Eric Wedge said. “We’re getting some called third strikes, some swing throughs. We’ve got kids trying to do too much.
"We had pitches to hit and missed them. The last week or so, we’re just not making enough contact.”