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Loaisiga, bats struggle in loss to Mariners

NEW YORK — While Yusei Kikuchi‘s cap may take up the headlines after tonight’s game, there is no denying that the Yankees were utterly dominated in a 10-1 loss to Seattle in The Bronx.

Pine tar or not, Kikuchi was dominant against the Yankees, holding them hitless into the game’s sixth inning. The left-hander kept New York batters off balance all night, ending the night with a line that showed just a run allowed on three hits in 7 2/3 dominant innings.

A Mike Tauchman double in the sixth was what broke up Kikuchi’s no-hitter.

On the other hand, Jonathan Loaisiga did not pitch well in his first start for the injured Jamex Paxton. After laboring through a 27-pitch first inning in which he did give up a run, a Mitch Haniger home run in the third doubled the Seattle lead.

Two more runs in the fourth spelled the end of the line for the young right-hander. Loaisiga ended up giving up four runs, all earned, on six hits in just four innings.

Luis Cessa tried to keep the Yankees in it with three innings of one-run ball, but recently called-up Jake Barrett was shelled for five runs by the Mariners.

Ryon Healy hit a two-run home run in the eight to extend the Seattle lead to 7-1, and RBI hits from Domingo Santana and Omar Narvaez in the ninth put the game out of reach in the ninth.

A Luke Voit sacrifice fly provided the only run for the Bombers all night.

Notably, Gio Urshela was forced to leave the game after fouling a ball of his knee. While x-rays were negative, he will most likely be day-to-day.

New York goes for the series victory in the finale of this four-game set, tomorrow, with J.A. Happ facing Mike Leake.

Current Yankees Record: 21-15