Game 128: Athletics 9, Yankees 22

David DeJesus tripled with one out in the top of the second.  He scored on a double by Cliff Pennington to give the A’s a 2-1 lead.  It was the third inning, however, where Hughes really fell apart.  Weeks singled to center and Matsui lined a single to left.  Josh Willingham singled in Weeks and DeJesus singled in Matsui.  Girardi pulled Hughes and called on Cory Wade who gave up a three run homer on his first pitch, giving Oakland a 7-1 lead.

Russell Martin hit a solo homer in the bottom of the fourth, but it was the bottom of the fifth that got the Yankees back in the game.  Jeter started the inning with a single and Curtis Granderson worked a walk.  Alex Rodriguez singled to left, loading as Robinson Cano sent the second pitch he saw into the seats in right, putting the Yankees down by just one.  The Bombers had the chance to take the lead, as Nick Swisher drove a double to right and Martin worked  a walk.  Eduardo Nunez singled, loading the bases again, but Brett Gardner popped out behind third and Jeter grounded out to end the Yankees’ threat.

The New York rally continued in the sixth.  Granderson was hit by a pitch and Rodriguez walked.  A wild pitch moved both runners over and the basses were loaded when Swisher was intentionally walked.  Martin made Oakland pay by parking his second homer – and the Yankees’ second grand slam – of the game for the Yankees’ first lead of the game, as they took a 10-7 edge.

The Yankees continued to find their way onto the bases in the bottom of the seventh.  Granderson, Teixeira and Rodriguez all drew walks and Cano hit a sac fly to center, plating another New York run.  Swisher worked a walk, loading the bases again.  Martin singled to right, scoring Teixeira.  Nunez grounded the ball to second, allowing Rodriguez to score while Martin was called out at second.  Gardner walked, loading the bases and Jeter walked pushing another run across the plate.  Granderson singled to first base, bringing Nunez home.  Teixeira drew his second walk of the inning, scoring Gardner before Rodriguez lined out to mercifully end the inning with the Yankees ahead 16-7.

Scott Sizemore knocked the first pitch from Luis Ayala for a solo homer in the eighth.  Ayala settled after wards and sat the next three hitters in order as the Yankees stayed ahead 16-8.

Oakland pitching continued to struggle in the eighth.  Francisco Cervelli singled to left and Martin drove a double to center.  Nunez walked and Gardner worked a full count before grounding a hard hit ball off Weeks’ glove and into right, bringing Cervelli home.  With two outs and the bases loaded, Granderson drove the Yankees’ third grand slam over the wall in right, setting a Major League record.  Andruw Jones followed with a solo shot and the Bombers held a 22-8 lead over Oakland.

Oakland added another run in the top of the ninth, but the Jorge Posada, making his first major league appearance at second base, cleanly fielding a grounder and threw it to Swisher at first.  Swisher caught the ball for the final out, awkwardly flopping over which seemed a fitting ending to the Yankees’ 22-9 victory.

Interesting Facts from an Interesting Game:

  • From the fifth inning on, the Yankees had 40 hitters step up to the plate.  Only one time did two batters in a row make an out.  They batted around in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
  • The last time the Yankees had two grand slams in a game was in 1999.  Bernie Williams hit one in the eighth and Paul O’Neill hit one in the ninth.
  • It was only the fourth time the Yankees have had two grand slams in one game.  Tony Lazzeri hit two in a game in 1936.  Dave Winfield and Don Mattingly each hit a grand slam for the Yankees in a game in 1987.
  • Jones is the eighth Yankees to hit double digit homers this season.
  • The last time the Yankees scored 22 runs was against the Red Sox on June 19, 2000.
  • Jorge Posada played second base in the ninth inning.  The last time he played second was in the NY-Penn League in 1991.
  • Seventeen hitters went to the plate with the bases loaded.
  • Oakland pitchers threw a combined 237 pitches, thanks to thirteen walks and 21 hits.
  • Granderson’s grand slam gave him over 100 RBIs for the first time in his career.
  • The Yankees’ 22 runs was a season high for any team this year.

Bronx Cheers:
Phil Hughes: Hughes lasted just 2.2 innings and gave up six runs on seven hits.  He struck out five and didn’t give up a walk, but overall it was not the outing the Yankees wanted to see from him, especially after a promising start last week.

Mark Teixeira: Teix was the only Yankee starter without a hit.  He went 0-4 with a run scored, two RBIs and a pair of walks.

Luis Ayala: Perhaps it was the long waits he had as the Yankees’ hitters had their way with the Oakland pitchers, but Ayala did not look good.  In two innings of work he gave up two runs on three hits.

Curtain Calls:
Russell Martin: Martin’s average climbed up to .243 after he went 5-5 with three runs scored, six RBIs, two homers, a double and a walk.

Derek Jeter: Jeter went 3-6 with two runs scored, a RBI, a triple and a walk.  Despite that he still managed to strand nine runners.  His batting average hit .300 before his last at bat, and it now sits at .299.  He’s hitting .422 in August.

Eduardo Nunez: Nunez went 3-5 with two runs scored, a RBI and a walk.

In the On Deck Circle:
The Yankees head to Baltimore for a series against the Orioles this weekend.  A.J. Burnett will take the ball for the Yankees, hoping for some improvement after what has been a rough month, culminating in him being pulled after just 1.2 innings on August 20.  Since June 29, Burnett is 1-4 with a 6.93 ERA.  He took a loss against the Orioles on June 29, going eight innings and giving up four runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out ten.   Tommy Hunter will get the nod for the Orioles.  He has struggled some since being traded by the Rangers, going 1-1 with a 6.08 ERA in four starts with Baltimore.  Opposing hitters are knocking him for .304 this season, with lefties clubbing a .346 average off the hurler.  First pitch is at 7:05pm at Camden Yards.

About Tamar Chalker

Tamar has written for IIATMS since July 2009, having started off writing game recaps before shifting to the minor leagues. Born in Connecticut and having lived all over the country and in South Korea, Tamar now finds herself "temporarily misplaced" in New Hampshire. Please send help - I can pay you in maple syrup.

7 thoughts on “Game 128: Athletics 9, Yankees 22

  1. Caught one other bit (in a game like this, there are tons of little bits ;D) – Jeter came to bat with the bases loaded FOUR times; the best he could do was work a walk, making an out the other three times. ;(
    Tho Girardi pointed out, how many times is a guy going to have the chance to bat with the bases loaded four times in a game.

    Is anyone else as concerned about a quick post season exit as I am? Heck – this was a laugher of a game – after the 6th inning. But the fact remains, in a three game series with OAKLAND, had we not scored more than NINE runs in the finale, we would have been swept. SWEPT.

    Or – if you want to look at it another way, the team proved they can win every game inwhich they score 22 runs or more. But the starting pitching was not good – even CC was pedestrian, and the other two "good" guys that folks are counting on to replace Burnett as #2 didn't look very good.

    Worst part – people are going to trash me on this, pointing out that the Yankees have the best run differential…they do, but that number is skewed by blowouts like this one. Just look at this series – we outscored the A's 31 to 21 – a run differential of roughly TEN. But we lost 2 out of 3. Wonder what our record against Boston would be if we played like that – maybe 2-12?

    • As long as the starting pitching struggles like it has this month, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Yankees get bounced in the ALDS. Luckily they still have a month to figure that out. They clearly have a solid offense and the bullpen has been fairly strong, even Boone Logan struck out the side yesterday and had four Ks on the day. Of course, none of that matters if they can't get some decent starts from their rotation.

  2. Other trivia that Elias pointed out via (or espn pointed out in a sidebar on the recap) about this game:

    The Yankees crushed the Athletics 22-9 on Thursday even though they trailed, 7-1, in the fourth inning. The Yankees matched the major-league record for the largest winning margin (13 runs) by a team that trailed by a least six runs in that game. It was done twice before: by the Philadelphia A's in a 21-8 win over the Tigers on Sept. 23, 1913 and the Brewers in their 20-7 victory against the Angels on July 8, 1990.
    The Yankees scored four runs in both the fifth and sixth innings, and six runs in both the seventh and eighth innings. It was only the fourth time in modern major-league history (since 1900) that a team scored at least four runs in each of four consecutive innings. The other clubs to do that were the 1902 Tigers (May 18), 1978 Blue Jays (June 26) and 1993 Phillies (May 30).
    Russell Martin went 5 for 5 with two home runs, including a grand slam, and six RBI in the Yankees' slugging exhibition against the A's on Thursday. Martin was only the second catcher in major-league history to go 5 for 5 or better with at least two homers and six RBI in one game. Victor Martinez did that for the Indians in their 18-6 win at Seattle on July 16, 2004 (5 for 5, 3 HR, 7 RBI). The only other Yankees to do that in one game, regardless of their position, were Joe DiMaggio (July 9, 1937 vs. Washington: 5 for 5, 2 HR, 7 RBI) and Danny Tartabull (Sept. 8, 1992 at Baltimore (5 for 5, 2 HR, 9 RBI).

    Curtis Granderson's last 2 homers have been an inside-the-park homer (Sunday) and a grand slam (Thursday). The last player to have 2 consecutive homers be an inside-the-park homer and a grand slam was Carl Crawford in April of 2007.

    The Yankees are the 6th team to have 3 players with 5+ RBI in a game. The last teams to do it were the Rangers and Expos in 1996. It is the first time the Yankees have done it.

    The Yankees 22-9 win is the first 22-9 final score in MLB since July 8, 1902. The Philadelphia Athletics beat the Boston Americans 22-9 that day.

    The last time the Yankees scored 22 runs in a home game was the 2nd game of a doubleheader on July 26, 1931. Babe Ruth batted 3rd and Lou Gehrig batted cleanup for the Yankees that day. Ruth was 1-1 with 3 walks and Gehrig was 1-5 with 4 RBI. Nobody hit a HR for the Yankees that day.

  3. I was so busy whining about starting pitching – I almost forgot. Anyone who hasn't seen the clip of Jorge making the play at second – – you REALLY need to find it and watch. Maybe a couple times.

    Very entertaining. Even better, he makes the play and gets the out. But the footwork, the windup – priceless. Worth looking for it. ;)

  4. Sorry, Tamar, but found this quote and had to share; how can anyone NOT like Alex – talking about the three grand slams, his comment was:

    "You never know what you're going to see. We may never see that again, for a long time."

    Since it has NEVER happened before, he's probably close to right. ;D

  5. The Yankees also batted around in the 8th (six runs scored)… so they batted around in 4 consecutive innings.

    And Phil Hughes really needs a 3rd pitch (and I don't think it's a cutter) or he seems destined to head to the bullpen in a year or two…. even if he recovers his early '10 velocity, 4 seam fastball, good curve is at best a back of the rotation starter… when you couple it with him being primarily a flyball pitcher I don't see success in NY as a starter