Recap: A’s @ Yankees Game 151
This game was a real see-saw affair and the A’s ultimately blew it. Their second extra inning loss in a row. Their fifth loss in six games. Not a hot development for the team looking to contend as they fell to 85-66.
- The goat in this game is the oft-criticized on this blog, Pedro Figueroa (with an assist from Pat Neshek). The A’s staked themselves to a 9-5 lead to open the bottom of the 13th inning. Figueroa was summoned to maintain the lead, one so wide it didn’t qualify even as a save situation. Instead he allowed three straight singles to Ichiro Suzuki, Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano. He was then replaced by Neshek who threw a wild pitch narrowing the lead to 9-6. Eduardo Nunez sacrifice flyed A-Rod in. Then Raul Ibanez tied it with a home run (his second of the game) that scored Cano. That essentially is your ballgame. A playoff contending team should be able to hold a four run lead over the course of three outs.
- It was Tyson Ross who ended up acquiring the loss in this one with a sloppy fourteenth inning. He threw two-thirds of an inning, surrendering the game winning run, allowing two hits, and a walk.
- The A’s however were sort of behind the eight ball from the start in this one burning through a lot of pitchers very quickly. Travis Blackley started and threw just two innings allowing four runs (half of them earned), on four hits (including an Ichiro home run) with three walks and a strikeout. He was followed by three innings of Jim Miller who allowed one earned run on an Ibanez home run, one of three hits he allowed while walking two and K’ing one. Jerry Blevins, Ryan Cook, Grant Balfour and Evan Scribner would keep the Yankees off the board until Figueroa’s meltdown.
- On the offensive side of things the A’s looked sharp. They used the Yankee Stadium launchpad to their advantage with four home runs of their own, Stephen Drew took starter Ivan Nova deep, Jonny Gomes took Freddy Garcia yard as did Yoenis Cespedes and Chris Carter took Justin Thomas deep.
- Those four bombs were part of fifteen overall hits for the A’s, who had a four hit day out of Drew who went 4-for-8 with a double, the aforementioned home run and a K. Brandon Moss, starting at first base, also had a multi-hit day going 3-for-6, walking once and striking out once too. Cespedes had the only other multi-hit day going 2-for-5 with a double and the aforementioned home run and two walks.
- Josh Reddick was the only starter who was hitless. He went 0-for-7 with a strikeout leaving nine runners stranded out of the six spot, while also grounding into a double play. The A’s struggled in particular with stranding runners, stranding 13 and going a dismal 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position.