Crisp, Sizemore beat Yankees 6-4 in extras as Yanks lose first series at home since early June

Hurts, doesn't it? (Frank Franklin II/AP)

First we had an earthquake in New York City. Then all sorts of panic about a possible hurricane this weekend. And now, following their 6-4 victory last night, the A’s have won two games in a row and earned a series victory against the Yankees for the first time since 2007. I’ll let you decide which of these three is the truest sign of the apocalypse.

Kidding aside, this was a rather unfortunate game for the Yankees, as Trevor Cahill and his sinker finally figured them out, limiting the damage to two runs over six for his first-ever quality start against the Bombers. CC Sabathia was good too — ultimately going 7 1/3 innings and giving up three while striking out seven — but neither he nor the Yankee bullpen could retire Coco Crisp or Scott Sizemore, who combined to go 8 for 8 with a walk and all six of Oakland’s RBIs.

Truth be told, the Yankees didn’t even really lose to the Athletics in this one; they lost to Crisp — who hit two home runs in this game for only the second time in his career, and whose second jack broke a 3-all tie in the tenth to seal the win for Oakland — and Sizemore, who both had career games (this was Sizemore’s first-ever four-hit night), and were also once again stymied by Brian Fuentes and taken to school by flamethrowing rookie Fautino De Los Santos.… Click here to read the rest

Colon tosses first Yankee complete-game shutout since May 2009 as Yanks beat A's 5-0

"When you're a boss you're a boss all the way..." (photo c/o Getty)

Bartolo Colon authored the first complete-game shutout by a Yankee pitcher since CC Sabathia did it against the Orioles on May 8, 2009, as the Yankees beat the Athletics 5-0 on Memorial Day. Some of my Twitter pals were teasing me as I’ve been rather obsessed with the fact that the Yankees not only hadn’t yet recorded a shutout in 2011 but were also the only team in MLB not to do so this season prior to this game, but as the complete game has become an increasingly rare feat — not to mention the fact that keeping a Major League Baseball team scoreless for nine innings is perhaps an even more difficult achievement– I can’t help but find it monumentally impressive.

And it becomes that much more impressive when you realize that this was only the Yankees’ third complete-game shutout since 2006 (the third being a Chien-Ming Wang start against the Rays on July 28, 2006).… Click here to read the rest

Yanks batter Cahill, A's to the tune of 11-5

Not to toot our own horns, but prior to tonight’s game both MJR and I had a feeling the Yankees would end up getting to Trevor Cahill, after Matt of Matt on Earth fame expressed some consternation over the team having to face the pitcher with the second-lowest ERA in the American League.

Matt: “I’m not sure which is more unsettling — Cahill tonight, or a pitcher we haven’t seen all year. Sigh.”

MJR: “The Yanks knocked Cahill around when we faced him in Oakland. Hopefully he hasn’t adjusted.”

Larry: “I’m not sold on Cahill. I can only imagine I’ll be eating those words after he no-hits the Yanks tonight, but the negative delta between his ERA and FIP is the widest in the American League, which suggests a pretty healthy dose of luck. Additionally, his road numbers are all far worse than his home numbers. Not saying he’s a bad pitcher by any stretch of the imagination, and if he possesses a changeup then God help the Yankees, but I don’t know that Cahill is quite the superstud he’s made out to be.”

What we didn’t expect, however, was that he’d give up eight earned runs — the most Cahill has surrendered all season — as the Yankees rolled to an 11-5 victory.… Click here to read the rest

A-Rod's first two-home-run game of season backs another stellar effort from CC as Yanks top A's 6-1

CC Sabathia‘s pretty good at this whole pitching thing, huh?

Alex Rodriguez ain’t too shabby at hitting, either.

CC continued the string of flat-out dominating performances he began in June, hurling seven and two-thirds innings of one-run ball while scattering seven hits and striking out a season-high 10 en route to a 6-1 Yankee victory.

Perhaps more importantly, A-Rod hit two home runs in a game for the first time this season — though I’m still waiting for Alex and Mark Teixeira to go yard in the same game — including a huge grand slam in the third inning to break the game open and a solo shot to add to the Yankee lead in the sixth. Alex now has 597 career home runs — not to mention 21 career grand slams, moving him into a tie for second all-time with Manny Ramirez.

A’s starter and 2010 All-Star Trevor Cahill was touched up for six runs in six innings, and it was incredibly satisfying to see the Yankees actually get to a pitcher they’d never seen before.… Click here to read the rest