Phelps is Phenomenal
The Yankees 7-0 win on Friday in the opener of the series was meaningful in many ways for the Yankees, who won in Oakland for the first time since May 27, 2012. That snapped a seven-game road losing streak vs the A’s, which was the Yankees second-longest such streak since the A’s moved to the west coast in 1968.
It also was the first time the Yankees scored more than four runs against the A’s (regardless of location) since September 22, 2012. That snapped a 10-game streak of four or fewer runs vs the A’s, which was tied for their second-longest streak vs the Athletics franchise in last 100 years and the longest since 1989.
Staying with the theme of snapping streaks… the win was the first for the Yankees on the road in six games started by David Phelps this season. That five-game losing streak in his road starts to begin the season was the longest such streak since the team lost the first seven road starts by Scott Kamieniecki in 1992.
The win was also unexpected in that the Yankees scored seven runs on 12 singles. It was the first time the Yankees scored at least seven runs without an extra-bast hit in a win since May 1, 1999 vs the Royals.
The 7-0 win matched the Yankees largest shutout win against the A’s in Oakland. Their other 7-0 win at the Oakland Coliseum came on September 3, 2005.
The Yankees won thanks to a strong effort by Phelps, who allowed just two hits in 6 2/3 innings. Those were the only two hits given up by the Yankees, who shut out the A’s in Oakland on 2 hits or fewer for the first time since September 2, 1996.
That game is best known for being the one in which David Cone – after missing four months following surgery to remove an aneurysm – threw seven hitless innings before being relieved by Mariano Rivera, who allowed the only hit of the game in the ninth inning.
Krushed by Kazmir
The Yankees four-game win streak came to an end with a 5-1 loss on Saturday night. They were held to just three hits and their only run scored on an error in the third inning.
This was the fifth time in 67 games the Yankees have been held to three hits or fewer in a game, the first time they’ve had that many games with no more than three hits this early into the season since 1990.
Even the Yankees hit machine – Jacoby Ellsbury – was shut out, snapping his 17-game hit streak and his streak of four games with a game-winning RBI. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the longest streak of games with a game-winning RBI by a Yankee since Reggie Jackson had a four-game streak in 1977.
Scott Kazmir dominated the Yankee lineup, allowing just the one unearned run on three hits in six innings. He is the first Oakland southpaw to throw at least six innings without allowing an earned run and no more than three hits since Tommy John on August 27, 1985.
The Yankees finished their road trip with another loss to the A’s, 10-5, on Sunday afternoon. The game was a disaster from the start as Vidal Nuno allowed two three-run homers in the first two innings and was ultimately tagged for eight runs in three innings.
Prior to this start, he had given up only eight runs in 36 career innings on the road and had not allowed a homer in any of his six career road starts. Nuno’s six homer-free road starts in a row to begin his career was the longest streak by a Yankee since since Bob Wiesler in 1951-55.
The Yankees had also won the first six road games started by Nuno prior to Sunday. That was the longest road win streak in a pitcher’s starts by the team since they went 13-0 in Whitey Ford’s first 13 career starts away from Yankee Stadium (1950-53) and 6-0 in Art Schallock’s first six (1951-53).
Nuno is the first Yankee pitcher to allow at least eight runs in three innings or fewer against the A’s franchise over the last 100 years.