Conan O’Brien’s show was blaring on the TVs in the visitors’ clubhouse after another loss, but there was small laughter. The late night host could take heart, however. There is just one thing that could lift the Mariners’ mood right now.
Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira each homered and drove in three runs, Freddy Garcia stifled his former team, and the Yankees handed Seattle its 16th straight loss with a 10-3 win in the previous night.
Manager Eric Wedge said, “They’re staying together with this thing, it’s just a hell of a thing we’re going through right now. We just got to keep showing up and get back on track.’’
A rain delay of around 1 hour and 57 minutes was the only thing that slowed this loss for Seattle. The game was hardly under way when Teixeira crushed any pregame hopes Seattle had of jumping out untimely and snapping the streak, striking an uncommon homer into the second deck in left field after Curtis Granderson walked in the first. Jeter hit his first homer in the third since linking for strike No. 3,000 July 9.
Five Yankees has RBIs in the fourth versus Jason Vargas with 6-9, an inning in which the Mariners created two mistakes and were on the wrong side of what came out to be a missed call at first base – one of two calls to go against Seattle.
Adam Kennedy, who created a mistake in the fourth that, said, “You don’t blame things. But it’s true, when things are going bad that’s what happens.’’
After getting 29 runs in the previous six games and so far breaking the 1992 record of franchise of 14 losses in a row, the Mariners went down humbly versus Garcia with 9-7.
“Garcia said regarding being the one to lose to a team on a losing streak, “You don’t want to be the guy.”
On July 5, the Mariners were at .500, 2 ½ games reverse in the AL West and an early-season shock. Their slew is the highest in the majors since Kansas City lost 19 in a row in 2005.