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Recap: Yankees @ A’s Game 93

July 20, 2012

The A’s have struggled with the Yankees for years now but tonight made it two straight against the Bronx Bombers as they improve their season record to 49-44 and just a half game out of the second wild card spot. The A’s win in dramatic fashion with yet another walk of winner in the bottom of the ninth as Brandon Moss singled home Yoenis Cespedes off of Cody Eppley to secure the victory.

  • Moss who ultimately was the hero was looking to be the goat in this one as he was responsible for stranding seven runners in this game including five with two outs. The A’s on the game would strand a total of 14 runners while hitting just 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position. Moss on the night went 2-for-5, also adding a double off of Yankees starter Ivan Nova. Only two other A’s would have multi-hit games: Cespedes who went 4-for-5 while scoring the winning run and adding a stolen base, and Josh Reddick who went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a strikeout.
  • Eric Sogard manned shortstop, getting the start promptly after being called up. He went 1-for-4 while adding his first triple of the season off of reliever David Robertson. Coco Crisp also added a triple in this game, his third on the year.
  • While the offense didn’t do that much, the pitching kept them in the game. Tommy Milone continued his mastery at the Coliseum with seven innings of shutout baseball with six hits, racking up an incredible ten strikeouts while walking none against a tough New York lineup. Jerry Blevins and Evan Scribner combined to hold down the eighth inning, despite Blevins surrendering a solo home run to Russell Martin.
  • A day after giving up his first home run of the year, Ryan Cook was at it again, surrendering a solo shot to Robinson Cano that tied the game and gave him a blown save (his fourth) and a meltdown (also, his fourth). Cook managed to leave the game with a victory thanks to Moss’ bottom half of the inning heroics.
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