Kikuchi, Healy lead Mariners to 10-1 win

first_img Follow The Columbian on Instagram Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Published: May 8, 2019, 10:39pm Share: 7 Photos Share: NEW YORK — Facing the famous New York Yankees for the very first time, Yusei Kikuchi really stuck it to ’em.Maybe he had a little illicit help.Kikuchi pitched brilliantly into the eighth inning and Ryon Healy had four extra-base hits as the Seattle Mariners routed New York 10-1 on Wednesday night.The rookie left-hander from Japan allowed only three soft hits in 7.2 innings. After the game, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he was aware cameras showed a dark substance — perhaps illegal pine tar — smudged under the brim of Kikuchi’s cap.“I heard they were talking about it, so I was made aware of it sometime like in the eighth inning there,” Boone said. “So, I’ll take a look at it and we’ll kind of see what we can make of it.” Kikuchi, Healy lead Mariners to 10-1 win Mariners pitcher suspected of having substance on cap GOcenter_img By MIKE FITZPATRICK, Associated Press By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. A team spokesman for the Mariners said Kikuchi would not comment about whatever was on his hat.Though it’s against the rules for pitchers to put any foreign substance on the ball, word is many of them often use pine tar on their fingers or some other sticky material to help with their grip.It’s one of baseball’s worst-kept secrets. But pitchers are usually pretty discreet about it, and plenty of hitters would rather face a pitcher with reliable control than one who might let slip a 95 mph fastball sailing toward their neck.Still, pitchers have been punished in the past for putting pine tar on the ball — former Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda was ejected and suspended after getting caught in Boston. Facing an injury-depleted New York lineup stacked with eight right-handed hitters, Kikuchi was in complete control during his second consecutive stellar outing. Featuring an effective slider and curve, he struck out three and walked one while throwing 74 strikes on 106 pitches, his most in nine major league starts.“He pitched really well and really shut us down,” Boone said. Healy homered and hit three doubles to help the Mariners win for only the second time in 10 games. Mitch Haniger and Edwin Encarnaci?n also went deep as Seattle (20-19), which opened 13-2 this year, snapped a seven-game losing streak at Yankee Stadium and avoided dropping below .500 for the first time since the final day of the 2017 season.“This is the place where all the history of baseball is the center point,” Kikuchi said through a translator. “I was really excited to go up there and it was amazing.”After walking his first batter, Kikuchi (2-1) retired 16 in a row before Mike Tauchman fisted a bloop double over third base with one out in the sixth for New York’s first hit. DJ LeMahieu followed with a single, and Luke Voit’s sacrifice fly prevented a shutout.“He was executing pitches, locating them and spotting them as good as you can,” Yankees designated hitter Miguel And?jar said. Follow Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi delivers during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Photo Gallerylast_img read more