From sweeping the best team in the AL to being on the brink of getting swept by the worst. The Jekyll and Hyde 2015 New York Yankees season continues! Chris Capuano got the start last night, his third since coming back from the DL, and he was pretty crappy again. He walked 2 batters and loaded the bases in the bottom of the 2nd before wriggling off the hook and he started the 3rd by giving up a double and single to set the table for Oakland. He got what should have been a double play grounder to third base, but alleged defensive whiz Chase Headley had the ball go through his legs to score a run and keep the inning going. Back-to-back doubles from Billy Butler and Stephen Vogt after that made it 4-0 Oakland before Capuano even had an out in the inning. He recovered to keep the deficit there and pitched into the 6th, but the damage was done.
Sonny Gray was on the hill for the A's and he was sharp as usual against the Yankees. They put a single solitary baserunner on against him through 4 innings, a Brett Gardner walk to lead off the game, and didn't score until a Brian McCann home run in the 5th. A Gardner RBI groundout scored Didi in the 6th to make it a 4-2 game, but that was all the offense could muster. Gray went 8 innings and only allowed 4 hits and the 2 runs.
With Capuano and Esmil Rogers out, Joe went to Jacob Lindgren in the 8th and the rookie made Scott look smart for his take on him earlier this week. He walked Vogt to start the inning and then Brett Lawrie smacked a 2-run homer to put the game out of reach. He was also only throw mid-high 80s with his fastball, which is less than ideal. Just like that, the Yanks are back on the verge of .500.
- That's 12.2 IP, 18 H, and 9 ER for Capuano in his 3 starts off the DL. Have to think he's getting the boot when Tanaka comes back next Wednesday.
- 4th straight game with a homer for McCann, who's now up to .253/.319/.473 on the season.
- Headley took an 0-4 night with 2 K from the 2-spot to go along with his team-leading 11th error. That signing has been terrible so far.
- Esmil Rogers looked pretty good in relief of Capuano, tossing 1.2 scoreless innings with 3 K. So there's that.
- For some reason Stephen Drew was allowed to hit in the 9th while Mark Teixeira rotted away in the on-deck circle. I'm not even sure I want to see the section of the binder that explains that logic.