David Phelps did his job today as he allowed just one run in six innings to a weak Mariners offense. Even though he walked three batters, Phelps was able to get key outs. It helped Phelps out that this lineup can't hit consistently. With Michael Morse out of the lineup, the Mariners have only three legitimate hitters in Kyle Seager, Kendrys Morales and Raul Ibanez. When Mariano Rivera entered the game he knew who he was facing when Raul Ibanez came to the plate as the tying run. Mariano did as he did yesterday when Ibanez came up, he walked him. Mariano was smart because he saw what Raul did time and time again last year with the Yankees in the regular season and even more so in the postseason. Two batters later Mariano recorded the third out and collected his 23rd save of the season. The 43 year old has not skipped a beat despite his age.
The Yankees' next stop on their west coast trip will be in Oakland on Tuesday with CC Sabathia on the mound facing an Oakland team that continues to win games after being counted out season in and season out. Bartolo Colon will start for the Athletics. He has made one start against the Yankees this year where the Yankees took batting practice off him and hit several home runs.