SEATTLE – In the hours before the Seattle Mariners took on New York in the opener of a four-game series Thursday night at Safeco Field, M’s manager Eric Wedge was asked if he believes teams can suffer an emotional hangover when they sustain a disheartening loss like the 16-inning marathon the day before against the Chicago White Sox.
“There can be,” Wedge said. “You have to do your best to stop that. I always talk about separating.”
For two innings, you wouldn’t have sensed any negative carryover for the M’s. Then starter Aaron Harang came completely apart in the third, and as much as Wedge might have wanted innings out of him, he yanked Harang near the end of a six-run Yankees outburst that sent the visitors toward a 6-1 win.
It dropped the M’s back to nine games under .500, equaling their season low.
Speaking of separating, Yankees starter Phil Hughes did a pretty good job of it himself. Back on May 15, Seattle bashed Hughes in the shortest start of his career – two-thirds of an inning – during which the M’s tattooed him for seven runs.
Hughes must have learned well, because he was up to the challenge on this night, getting his team to the last of the eighth and shutting down Seattle on only three hits.
Down by six in the eighth, the M’s finally broke through on Kyle Seager’s run-scoring double.
New York pounded out seven straight hits in the third, including Robinson Cano’s three-run homer and Mark Teixeira’s solo shot.
Blake Beavan, who was recalled from Tacoma on Thursday to provide long relief, took over for Harang with one out in the third and retired the first 14 batters he faced.
Beavan, who began the season as part of the Mariners’ rotation, took pitcher Hector Noesi’s spot in Seattle.
The Mariners drafted D.J. Peterson, a third baseman from New Mexico, with the 12th pick in the amateur draft on Thursday. It was the second time the Mariners had drafted him. In 2010, they took Peterson in the 33rd round out of high school.
They picked Austin Wilson, a 6-foot-5, 245-pound outfielder from Stanford, in the second round (No. 49 overall).