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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.