Game 131: Athletics 5, Yankees 11

Trevor Cahill has had a great season in Oakland this season, but the Yankees got to the young hurler early.  Brett Gardner worked a walk to lead off the bottom of the first.  Derek Jeter grounded into a force out, but Teixeira lined a single to right, moving Jeter to second.  Cano connected with a RBI single, pushing Jeter across the plate for the Bombers first run of the game.  Swisher then doubled to center, scoring Teixeira and Cano and tying up the game at 3-3.

The pitchers calmed down in the second inning, but the Yankee bats got to Cahill in the bottom of the third.  With two outs, Teixeira went yard, putting the Yankees ahead for the first time Monday.  Cano followed with a solo shot of his own and the Yankees were up 5-3.

The A’s got one back quickly in the top of the fourth as Larish sent a solo homer out, making it 4-5.  Moseley was able to get out of the inning without any other trouble, however.  Jorge Posada lead off the bottom of the inning with a single and moved to third on Thames’ groundout and Curtis Granderson’s fly ball.  Ramiro Pena then slapped a pitch that was low and away right back up the middle, and the Yankees lead 6-4.

Teixeira and Cano kept things moving for the Yankees.  Teixeira doubled to center to lead off the fifth and Cano singled him in, moving to second on the throw home.  The A’s had seen enough from Cahill, who exited the game with Cano on and no outs.  A wild pitch by Henry Rodriguez sent Cano to third before Swisher doubled him in.  Posada took a pitch off his shin and the Pinstripes had two on with no outs in the bottom of the fifth.  Marcus Thames followed with his tenth homer of the season, as the ball just stayed fair, giving New York an 11-4 lead after five.

Javier Vazquez, who came in for Moseley in the fifth, was still dealing in the top of the eighth.  He gave up a lead off single to Cust, who moved to second on a wild pitch.  Vazquez got Kouzmanoff to ground out, but Cust moved to third.  With two outs, Larish hit a ground-rule double, bringing Cust home and putting the score at 11-5.

Bronx Cheers:
Dustin Moseley: He continues to get run support and he did calm down after his first inning, but giving up three runs immediately is never a good thing.  He also only lasted 4.1 innings, as he continues to fail to go deep into a game.  Moseley gave up four runs on five hits with four walks and four strikeouts.

Derek Jeter: The Captain went 0-4 again, leaving three on base and scoring a run.

Curtis Granderson: Grandy also went 0-4 with a strikeout.

Curtain Calls:
Mark Teixeira: Teix was a triple shy of the cycle (he has not hit a triple this season, though he had three last year).  He was 3-3 with three runs scored an a RBI.  He also walked once.

Javier Vazquez: With a two run lead and two runners on, Javier Vazquez came in during the fifth inning and essentially shut down the A’s, picking up the win.  He gave up just two hits and one run over 4.2 innings.  He walked one and struck out six.  After his last couple performances out of the bullpen, you have to wonder when Javy will find himself back in the rotation.

Robinson Cano and Nick Swisher: Both went 3-4 with three RBIs.  Cano scored three times and had a homer, while Swish scored once and picked up a pair of doubles.

In The On Deck Circle:
The Yankees will try to keep their win streak going when they face Vin Mazzaro tomorrow.  Mazzaro is coming off a tough loss to the Indians and, despite putting up just a 3.89 ERA over the last six games, he has not picked up a win since July 24th.  The young righty has done a solid job, but the Athletics have not been providing him with much run support.  Phil Hughes will take the mound for the Yankees.  He is coming off his ugliest game of the season, going just 3.2 innings while giving up five runs on six hits.  The first pitch will be at 7:05pm at Yankee Stadium.

5 thoughts on “Game 131: Athletics 5, Yankees 11

  1. Mike

    Great game tonight. Really comforting to see Joba and Javy back to their old dominant selves; Joba throwing 97-100 with a good, hard 90-91 slider, and Javy consistently hitting 90 (reaching 91-92) with a great slow curve and nice changeup.
    They had the wrong question for the Toyota Text Poll: instead of “Does Ivan Nova deserve a spot in the rotation? .. 1) Yes  2) No”, it should have been “Does A.J. Burnett deserve to keep his spot in the rotation? .. 1) No 2) NO”

  2. jon

    Yeah – Derek still isn’t hitting it; what is worse, Grandy seems to have regained his old form – hitting as well as he did before the swing overhaul.  He’s looking squirrely in the box again, watching strikes and missing balls.
     
    Javy looked good; my only thought/question – do the Yankees win more games with him coming out and finishing games for Hughes/Mosely/Nova?  If he starts – at best, we get one win in 5, while counting on Mitre/Gaudin/Moseley to finish the game (especially if he blows up early.)  While, otoh, (SSS, I KNOW) – he has been doing great cleaning up, getting saves and/or wins like last night.  He has won two games in the last few days – I’m not sure how much confidence I would have had with Gaudin or Mitre coming in for the 5th inning.  I must admit – knowing Javy was coming in for relief instead, I was actually expecting a win.
     

  3. Tamar Chalker

    I don’t know how much of Javy’s resurgence here is due to his arm issues starting to resolve as opposed to whether he comes out of the bullpen or starts.  Seems to me that it has more to do with the former, but who knows.  What I want to know is how Moseley keeps getting so lucky.  I mean, expectations aren’t high for him, but Yankee fans would typically be calling for his head since he can’t seem to make it more than five innings (if he makes it that far) and is giving up at least 3 or 4 runs each time.

  4. jon

    Kinda simple, Tamar.  We like people who are lucky; lucky people win; or, has been said more than once, its better to be lucky than good.
     
    Look no farther than Hughes or Sabathia – both have had some shaky starts – yet both received great run support.  Shoot – CC’s last start, he was really not good at all.  But if your team scores 12 runs on the night the other team scores 9, you still get a W.  Both Javy and AJ have suffered from poor run support – after all, didn’t AJ carry a one run game, or even a one hitter, to the 8th, and still lose?
     
    Shoot – I even like Moseley.  Even tho he looks horrible on paper – the Yankees still win games he starts.  And that’s what its all about.

  5. tataheca

    !Epic.-

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