Monday, May 6, 2013

Yankees Lose Rubber Game in Series with Athletics

By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

May 5th, 2013

Oakland Athletics vs. New York Yankees Post Game Recap

Final Score: Athletics 5 Yankees 4

The New York Yankees were unable to finish the first week of May on a positive note, as they lost the series to the Oakland Athletics three to two. The 10 game home-stand was a good one however for the Yankees, as they finished with a record of (7-3).

Yankees Starter Andy Pettitte coming off one of the worst starts of his career was better in this game than his previous start, but still not where he should be. Pettitte went just five innings, while allowing four runs on four hits, and four walks. Controlling the fastball was an issue for Pettitte, as he had to work out of the stretch most of the game. He gave up two homeruns, the first a solo shot to Luke Montz, and the second a two-run shot to Yoenis Cespedes. Pettitte did factor in the decision though, as the Yankees offense was able to rally in the sixth inning.

Boone Logan took the loss in this, as it is his second loss already of the season out of the bullpen. Logan was not good at all in his inning of work, as Logan gave up three hits including the eventual game-winning homerun to Josh Donaldson in the eighth inning.

The injury bug has hit the Yankees hard this season, and once again it seems to be going after Eduardo Nunez, who has had way too many little injuries in just one month of baseball. Nunez, who is very important to the Yankees now with Derek Jeter out till at least the All-Star break had to go get an MRI on his rib cage, and luckily for him and the Yankees he there is nothing seriously wrong, so once again Nunez is day to day.

The offense for the Yankees wasn’t bad in this one, but just wasn’t enough to get the win, as with all the injuries scoring more than four runs is going to be an issue for the Bronx Bombers. Robinson Cano keeps hitting well, as in the loss on Sunday he went two for four with a RBI, and a walk.

The speedsters for the Yankees, Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki both were able to have nice multi-hit games as well. Gardner went two for five in the leadoff spot, with a double and a run scored. Ichiro continues to see his average climb after a slow start, as he went two for three with a walk, and run scored.

First Baseman Lyle Overbay had the big clutch hit for the Yankees on Sunday, as with two outs in the sixth inning and runners on second and third, Overbay was able to deliver a base hit to tie the game. Overbay has been a great pickup for the Yankees, and with all the injuries is now an everyday starter.

The Yankees will be off on Monday before starting a series with the Colorado Rockies on the road, as Hiroki Kuroda (4-1, 2.25) will be facing Jorge De La Rosa (2-3, 4.18).

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