New York Yankees
Eventually, some pitcher will lose to the Seattle Mariners.
Freddy Garcia sure didn't want it to be him.
"I wasn't thinking about it, but when that happens, you don't want to be the guy," Garcia said. "Go out there and do your job and do the best you can do."
Garcia avoided the dubious distinction of being the first pitcher to lose to the Mariners in 16 games as he held down Seattle in a 10-3 win. Garcia improved to 9-7 on the year while giving up three runs in 7 2/3 innings and striking out five.
"It made my job easy when they started to swing the bat at the first pitch," Garcia said. "Make a good pitch every time I throw the ball. Ground ball, fly ball, make a couple good plays and we hit."
Against a struggling Seattle team, Garcia navigated the Mariners lineup with relative ease. With the nearly two-hour rain delay pushing back the start of the game, Garcia said he just had to be prepared once the game started and keep his focus.
In the first six innings, the Mariners scored just one run against him on three hits and he positioned himself for a potential complete game with a low pitch count over those innings. He said he had a good fastball working for him.
The Mariners finally started cracking Garcia in the seventh and eighth innings with five hits and two runs and Yankees manager Joe Girardi finally pulled Garcia with two men on in the eighth inning. Garcia left with the Yankees up 9-3 to a standing ovation.
"Outstanding again," Girardi said. "On a day when you're delayed two hours, he kept ready and mentally stayed sharp and went out and threw an outstanding game.'
With the trade deadline approaching, there are talks the Yankees could be in discussions for some pitchers to try and boost the rotation. If the Yankees acquire a new arm for the rotation, Garcia could bee the odd man out.
He's not concerning himself with those talks.
"It's not in my hands, I'm a player so it's all front office," Garcia said. "I have to worry about when I'm pitching. Whatever they have to do, they doing, that's not my business and I try to go there and do my job."