Friday, June 14, 2013

Yankees Get Swept in Oakland For Second Straight Year
By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

June 13th, 2013

New York Yankees vs Oakland Athletics Post Game Recap

Final Score: Yankees 2 Athletics 3

The New York Yankees for the second straight year have been swept in Oakland after a 3-2, 18 inning loss on Thursday afternoon/night. The loss puts the Yankees at (37-29) now on the season, but they are now in third place in the AL East, as the Orioles jumped them for second place.

On offense the Yankees got off to a quick start against Jarrod Parker, as Robinson Cano hit a two-run homerun in the first inning scoring Brett Gardner. For Cano it was 16th homerun of the season, and now also has 42 RBIs. Parker however settled down very nicely after the homerun, as he finished going eight innings only allowing the two first inning runs on five hits, and two walks.

Yankees Starter Hiroki Kuroda also pitched very well on Thursday, but like Parker also got a no-decision. Kuroda also only allowed two runs in this game, as the third inning was the only bad one for Kuroda. Derek Norris knocked in the first run for the Athletics with a RBI ground out scoring Chris Young. Seth Smith would get the Athletics their second run later in the third with a RBI double scoring John Jaso.

Adam Warren was the savior out of the bullpen for the Yankees, giving the offense plenty of chances, which they did nothing with. Warren went six innings not allowing a run, but he did get some help from a great throw by Vernon Wells to get Brandon Moss at the plate, and a great job by Catcher Chris Stewart blocking the plate.

Missed opportunities for the Yankees in extra-innings was their downfall on Thursday, and the reason they were swept again by Oakland. They had the bases loaded with one out in the 11th inning, runners on first and second with zero outs in the 13th, and the bases loaded again in the 14th, but came up empty in all of the scoring chances.

Oakland was able win the game in the 18th inning, as a single by John Jaso chased Preston Claiborne from the game, as Joe Girardi decided to go with Mariano Rivera. Rivera was unable to finish up the inning though however, as a hit by Seth Smith, then an intentional walk to Jed Lowrie gave Nate Frieman the chance to win the game, and he did just that with a base hit off Rivera to win it for Oakland.

In the long game players got lots of at-bats, and for a good chunk of the Yankee lineup it was ugly looking on the box score. Mark Teixeira, Kevin Youkilis, Vernon Wells, and Travis Hafner all didn’t get a hit, as they went a combined 0 for 28.

Friday night will start the series against the Los Angeles Angels, as Andy Pettitte (5-3, 3.82) will be facing C.J. Wilson (4-5, 4.05).

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