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June 1, 2011

This past weekend the A’s swept the Orioles in a three game set, this afternoon the Yankees returned the favor to Oakland getting the brooms out and polishing off the A’s with a 4-2 win under the sun at the Coliseum. The A’s have now lost ten straight to the Bronx Bombers. A patient Yankees club took advantage of Gio Gonzalez‘ wildness and turned the A’s 2-1 lead into a 4-2 deficit in the top of the fourth, which would remain the final score. The fourth started with a ball to Alex Rodriguez, and then he hit a single. Then it unraveled as Gio walked Robinson Cano on four straight fastballs. After Ron Romanick came out (and clearly was far from inspirational) and with Nick Swisher at the plate, he tossed two more balls before finding so much of the plate that Swish homered to left field scoring Rodriguez and Cano. After that Russell Martin walked (also on four pitches) and stole second. Andruw Jones got three straight balls before taking a strike and then flying out. Later in the same frame Derek Jeter – the seventh hitter in the inning and first to start off 0-1 – eventually got plunked. That is all you need to know about the ballgame right there. 26 pitches in that inning with just ten over for strikes.

Offensively – yet again – the A’s did little to nothing. The only real offense came from the very hot of late Josh Willingham who had a first inning home run off Yankees starter A.J. Burnett that scored the other hot hitting Athletic, David DeJesus, who was on second base with a double. The top of the order (1-thru-4) did their job going 5-for-14 while the bottom of the order (5-thru-9) combined for an 0-for-16 with a lone walk being drawn by Mark Ellis. Particularly gruesome in that mix was Cliff Pennington who got a hat trick, striking out in all of his at bats. Burnett was solid, not outstanding, pitching seven frames of three hit, three walk, five strikeout ball with the two runs coming off of that Willingham home run. Joba Chamberlain came in for the eighth inning and gave up back to back singles to Coco Crisp and David DeJesus but Conor Jackson erased them with an inning-ending double play – the closest the A’s came to a rally following the first inning. Mariano Rivera took the mound for the ninth and did what he did and ended the game.

The only other real news in this game is that Andrew Bailey came in and pitched a perfect inning in the ninth (in the obvious non-save situation) facing Eduardo Nunez, Jeter and Curtis Granderson. Brian Fuentes pitched the eighth, and unlike other non-save situations handled it well striking out one and allowing just one hit to Cano. A’s get a day off to sit and think about all they didn’t accomplish this week before facing the Red Sox at Fenway on Friday night.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 2, 2011 2:09 pm

    Bailey pitching a 1-2-3 ninth is like the story of the year for me. When you consider that Fuentes has lost seven games, you have to at least play around with the idea that with Bailey in the closer’s role, they would be at or above the five hundred mark right now.

    • elmaquino permalink
      June 2, 2011 6:07 pm

      Am I nuts, or is every *coser* this year just getting totally annihilated?

      • elmaquino permalink
        June 2, 2011 6:08 pm


    • June 3, 2011 3:23 pm

      Yeah Bailey is a clear improvement over Fuentes. Strangely Fuentes did well in save situations but poorly outside of them – but this allows Fuentes to be used far more appropriately so that is great. Bailey is a stud in the backend of that pen.

  2. June 3, 2011 2:51 am

    That is all we need to know about the ballgame right there. 26 pitches in that inning with just ten over for strikes.

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