The score stayed the same until the top of the fourth, when the Bombers broke through again. Rodriguez led off with a single, when Conor Jackson knocked the ball down but couldn’t make a play. Robinson Cano worked a walk and Nick Swisher crushed a homerun to left, putting the Yankees out front 4-2.
Coco Crisp knocked a triple to right in the bottom of the fifth, but Oakland couldn’t get him home. Joba Chamberlain relieved Burnett in the eighth, giving up back-to-back singles to Crisp and DeJesus. Jackson then lined one back at Chamberlain, who started the inning ending double play. Mariano Rivera pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning, picking up the save as the Yankees took a 4-2 victory and swept the Oakland A’s.
Bronx Cheers: Curtis Granderson: Grandy went 0-5, striking out twice and stranding three runners.
Nick Swisher: Swish went 1-3 with a run scored and three RBIs on his game-winning homer. He also worked a walk. As Brien points out, Swisher has been swinging a good bat over this road trip, though it is still early to call this the end to his slumping season.
Alex Rodriguez: A-Rod went 2-4 with a run scored and a RBI, putting his batting average up to .292 for the season.
In The On Deck Circle: The Yankees get an off day on Thursday, as they head to Los Angeles…or is it Anaheim…as they head to southern California. On Friday, Ivan Nova will get another shot to show he still deserves a spot in the rotation. Nova went through a rough patch earlier this season and seemed to suddenly turn it around. He will need to do the same here, as he has gone less than six innings in three of his last four outings, not surviving the fourth inning twice. He gave up four runs on five hits and three walks in just 3.2 innings against the Mariners. The Angels will send Jered Weaver to the mound, as the Bombers will face another strong starting pitcher. Weaver is 6-4 with a 2.10 ERA and 2.48 FIP this season. He held the Twins scoreless through nine innings in his last start, allowing just two walks and two singles while striking out seven hitters. Cano, Granderson and Martin have all had some success against Weaver. The Angels hurler has held righties to a .162 average this season and has a K/BB ratio of 3.85. First pitch will be at 10:05pm on Friday.