The Yankees missed their chances to cut down Mitch Haniger on the basepaths, and it cost them a crack at a season sweep of the Mariners.
Dellin Betances paid the price for a four-pitch walk to Haniger that opened the Seattle eighth. The speedy outfielder stole second base, advanced on a sacrifice bunt, then swiped his left hand across home plate on Robinson Cano’s grounder, sending the Yanks to a 3-2 loss on Sunday afternoon at Safeco Field.
“We had a lot of opportunities. We had quite a few,” said Brett Gardner, who was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the top of the ninth inning. “It was a frustrating day overall for us.”
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