The Yankees got their brooms out and swept the A's out of their own park this afternoon, picking up their fifth straight win in the process and bringing themselves back to the brink of .500 as they head home and get a well deserved off-day tomorrow.
He wasn't great by any means, but Michael Pineda was better than he has been today. The A's got to him for a run in the 1st on a single and a pair of stolen bases by Billy Burns and an RBI groundout, but he held it together from there through the 4th and didn't let things get too out of hand when his 2-out/2-strike troubles crept up again in the 5th. All in all he held things together nicely through 6 innings of 3-run ball, and that's as good as you can ask for from the team's #5 starter in terms of effectiveness.
The offense got its start with the long ball, taking an early lead on solo home runs by Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury. But they did their best work after Pineda coughed up the lead in the 5th, immediately erasing the deficit with a 2-run 6th inning. Mark Teixeira drove in the game-tying run with an infield single and Starlin Castro put the Yankee ahead for good with a run-scoring base knock of his own. Just for fun, Carlos Beltran doubled home a run in the 7th to keep his hot bat smoldering.
Joe had his bullpen aces rested and he followed the formula after getting 6 from Pineda. Dellin Betances struck out 2 in a scoreless 7th, Andrew Miller worked around some piss poor middle infield defense in the 8th with a solitary unearned run to his credit, and Aroldis Chapman made it 6-6 in save opportunities with a 1-2-3 9th.
- Nice job by Pineda keeping his slider down in the zone today. He got a healthy dose of whiffs on sliders in the dirt and didn't get beat up on it when he missed in the middle of the zone.
- Every Yankee had a hit today except for Chase Headley. Beltran and Didi Gregorious each had 2.
- That's 4 straight multi-hit games for Beltran, who absolutely murdered Oakland pitching in this series. He's hitting .274/.299/.522 on the year and I don't even care about the low OBP number. He's been huge for this team while they've battled lineup injuries in the past few weeks.