A Kick Save And a Beauty! Yankees 2, Athletics 1

Well, the stopper stopped the Yankees’ losing streak at four.

After John Jason took Masahiro Tanaka deep in the first inning to give Oakland a quick 1-0 lead, many Yankees were left to wonder, “Is the funk from the rest of the team making its way to Tanak as well?” the answer was an emphatic “No,” because Tanaka recovered to hold the A’s to that one run over six innings of work with four strikeouts and a walk. The Oakland batters made Tanaka work and he had to exit after 104 pitches but the bullpen – Dellin Betances, Adam Warren and David Robertson – held the A’s hitters to three hits over three innings of work with five strikeouts.

The Yankees scored their two runs thanks to an Alfonso Soriano RBI single in the second and a Brett Gardner solo shot in the third. Both runs came off Oakland starter Drew Pomeranz.

In the ninth inning, Robertson turned a nifty 1-3-1 putout to get the second out of frame. Alberto Callaspo hit a grounder back up the middle, Robertson kicked the ball, Mark Teixeira grabbed and Robertson had the good sense to run to first so Tex could throw him the ball to get the out. Otherwise, the ball would have been a base hit up the middle and Craig Gentry, who was pinching running for Stephen Vogt and stole second earlier in the at bat would have tied the game. He moved to third on the ground out and Robertson got Derek Norris out on strikes to end the game.

Yankees win!

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.