Game 132: Athletics 3, Yankees 9

Cliff Pennington hit a single to center in the top of the third.  Phil Hughes walked Coco Crisp and Daric Barton to load the bases.  Kurt Suzuki hit a sac fly to center, pushing Pennington across the plate and making the score 3-1. Teixeira singled to right and Swisher hit a two-run homer to right, giving the Yankees a comfortable 5-1 lead.

Kevin Kouzmanoff singled to start the fourth inning.  Ellis followed with a line drive single to right and both runners moved over when Hughes let loose a wild pitch.  Rajai Davis grounded out to second, scoring Kouzmanoff and moving Ellis to third.  Pennington worked a walk, but Crisp popped out to get Hughes out f trouble, as the score sat at 5-2.

The Yankees really broke away from the Athletics in the bottom of the fourth.  Curtis Granderson hit a solo homer with one out.  Ramiro Pena legged out an infield single and Gardner worked a walk to put two on with one out.  Jeter lined out to right, but Teixeira hit his 30th homer this season, sending the ball deep to right, for a 9-2 New York lead.

A solo homer by Barton in the seventh would be too little, too late for Oakland, as the Yankees coasted to their fourth straight win with a 9-3 victory.  Meanwhile, the Blue Jays beat up the Rays 13-5.

Bronx Cheers:
Derek Jeter: The Captain continues to be cold at the plate, going 0-3 with a walk and run scored.

Marcus Thames: Thames has been pretty incredible of late, but Tuesday night he struggled, going 0-4 with three strikeouts and leaving four on base.

Curtain Calls:
Mark Teixeira: Teixeira went 2-3 with two runs scored and three RBIs on a big homer to right.

Jorge Posada: Jorge went 2-3 with a RBI and a triple.  The last triple Posada hit was in 2008 and it was just his 10th career three bagger.

Nick Swisher: Swish went 1-4 with two runs scored, two RBIs and his 25th homer of the season.

In The On Deck Circle:
A.J. Burnett will try to start September off by getting back on track after a dismal August and a particularly miserable start in Chicago.  He went just 3.1 innings and gave up nine runs (eight earned).  He is 0-3 with a 7.36 ERA over his last three starts.  Brett Anderson will take the ball for Oakland.  He is also looking for a better outing, after going just two innings against Texas in his last start.  He gave up four runs on six hits and left early after injuring his knee.  Lefty hitters are having a good season against the young southpaw, hitting .338 against Anderson this year.  Over twelve starts, Anderson has given up just twelve bases on balls, while he has struck out 47.  First pitch is at 7:05pm.

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2 thoughts on “Game 132: Athletics 3, Yankees 9

  1. jon

    For only allowing two runs, gotta say Hughes looked horrible.  It appears everyone in the league has discovered he does not have an out pitch.  He gets to 0-2 so quickly, and then 8 pitches later, the batter is on base, either via a walk or hit.  Without the DPs, his line would have been far worse.  Only good news – he knows it; he’s not crowing about the victory and the good pitches, as Joba was when he struggled.
     
    And glad I got to see Jorge’s triple; luckily, the A’s third baseman can’t hold onto a baseball, or he would have been out.  I am happy he dropped the ball, and even happier they counted it as a triple, instead of a double and an error.  Kudos to Jorge.

  2. Jeff

    @jon – pretty much any triple at the Stadium involves the OFs screwing up somehow, it’s not like there’s a “Death Valley” for the ball to roam around in any more.  I also give a pass to Kouzmanoff (A’s 3B) on that play – Larish (LF) made an UGLY throw and Kouz had to reach across his body and stop the ball from going into foul territory/the seats.  If anything he saved a throwing error allowing Posada to score on that.  ‘Course maybe laughing so hard at watching Posada leg out a triple was clouding my vision.
     
    I worry about Thames, though.  It looked like he went up there expecting to hit a home run every at-bat.  Given the last week, kinda understandable, but it resulted in a lot of overswinging that seemed like a larger problem than just an 0-fer.

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