Recap: A’s @ Yankees Game 32
Wrap: Oakland 5, New York 4. A’s 18-14 (2nd Place, 2 1/2 games back)
The A’s take the series against New York, first time they’ve taken two out of three from the Yankees in the Bronx since August of 2011 (the one loss in that series being that awful 22 run debacle) . Turns out when Yoenis Cespedes, who homered, is in the A’s lineup the A’s this season are 13-4, with a 95-50 record since he joined the club and he has been in the lineup as per MLB.com. Regardless it wasn’t all Cespedes today as the club put together a solid showing to win.
Lineup vs. Andy Pettitte: Adam Rosales SS, Derek Norris C, Jed Lowrie 2B, Cespedes CF, Josh Donaldson 3B, Nate Freiman 1B, Luke Montz DH, Seth Smith LF, Michael Taylor RF.
The A’s were powered by the home run in this game: Montz had a solo shot in the fourth, Cespedes a two-run dinger in the sixth, and Donaldson the go-ahead in the top of the eighth. Montz had a nice day for himself going 2-for-4 his other hit being a double that also came off of Pettitte. Freiman struck out against Pettite with the bases juiced in the first inning as a part of a 1-for-4 day. Freiman is sticking around as a Rule V pick with a .243/.326/.378 slash line and has been worth -0.2 WAR today. Tough situation today for Freiman but I still have to say I like the little I’ve seen. Remember this is a kid who has previously not played above Double-A. The other hit of note is Josh Reddick coming in and getting a double off of Boone Logan having come in as a defensive replacement for Taylor who went 0-for-3 (still hitless in 2013) upping his season slash line to .148/.267/.250. The home runs were important (as they always are, but particularly so in this game) as the A’s couldn’t put together runs on their own going a pathetic 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
Appearances: Dan Straily, Jerry Blevins, Sean Doolittle, Ryan Cook, Grant Balfour.
Straily looked alright until the sixth inning when running out of gas it seems after 85 pitches (60 of them strikes) he allowed a single to Robinson Cano and later walked Travis Hafner. (Overall on the day, he had five and a third innings pitched tagged for three runs on four hits with three walks and four stirkeouts) Blevins came in but was awful allowing both inherited runners to score, first Cano on an Ichiro Suzuki double, and later Hafner on a Lyle Overbay single that also would score Ichiro. On the year Blevins had previously been good with inherited runners with only two of the ten scoring. Doolittle pitched a perfect seventh earning the win care of Donaldson’s blast in the next half inning. Cook meanwhile got himself into trouble with singles to Hafner and Ichiro before pitching himself out of a mess. Balfour did the same thing allowing a single to Brett Gardner and intentionally walking Cano after a wild pitch moved Gardner to second, before finally getting Vernon Wells out on strikes to end the game. Not the prettiest of games from the pitching staff but overall not terrible as the A’s pitchers combined for nine innings of four earned run, nine hit, four walk and eight strikeout baseball, a recipe I imagine would work more often than not.
Gonna go with Montz. Cespedes had the biggest home run in terms of runs, with his being a two-run shot, but Montz was the only hitter with more than one hit. Donaldson’s home run while the go-ahead was worth just as many runs as Montz’ and Montz having a day with a double and home run narrowly wins to be the hero.