June 11th, 2013
New York Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics Post Game Recap
Final Score: Yankees 4 Athletics 6
Looking for revenge from a rough series last year in Oakland, when the New York Yankees were swept in a four-game series didn’t go to well on Tuesday night for the Yankees or their ace C.C. Sabathia. The 6-4 loss moves the Yankees to (37-27) on the season, and they stay two games back of the Boston Red Sox in the AL East.
Sabathia looked great in his previous two starts, but Tuesday he was awful from the start of the game. The first batter Sabathia faced, Coco Crisp took him deep to start the game, and give the Athletics an early 1-0 lead. Derek Norris got the Athletics second run of the game with a RBI double in the second inning that scored Josh Reddick. The fourth inning was were things got really ugly for the Yankees, as Derek Norris once again got the best of Sabathia, this time it did more damage however. Norris hit just his third homerun of the season, and it scored Nate Freiman and Chris Young, while giving the Athletics a five-run lead. The Athletics would get one more run off Sabathia in the sixth inning, as a wild pitch allowed Josh Donaldson to score.
Former Yankee Bartolo Colon continued his great stretch of pitching on Tuesday, leaving the Yankees bats obsolete. Colon went six scoreless innings only allowing three hits, but he did struggle with his command walking four batters. The Yankees had a chance to get to Colon in the first inning, as they loaded the bases, but Kevin Youkilis and Lyle Overbay both flied out to end the threat.
The Yankees offense finally got on the board in the eighth inning with a little rally against Jerry Blevins. Mark Teixeira knocked the first run in the game for the Yankees scoring Brett Gardner with a base hit. Vernon Wells would get the Yankees second run off Blevins with another RBI base hit scoring Robinson Cano, and knocked Blevins out of the game. The ninth inning got very interesting for the Athletics, as the Yankees got two more runs with a Teixeira two-run base hit off Grant Balfour, who came in after back to back hits off Ryan Cook. Travis Hafner came to bat with as the tying run, but Balfour got him to fly out to Left Field to end the game, and get Colon his eighth win of the year.
The win did come at a high cost for the Athletics, as their star Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes had to leave the game with a hamstring injury, and is expected to be out for a few days.
Game 2 of the series will see Phil Hughes (3-4, 4.80) facing Dan Straily (3-2, 4.67), as the Yankees look to bounce back from Tuesdays loss.