The New York Yankees haven’t been hitting. When three of your hitters go 0-23 and you get shutout for 17 innings in a row, you’re struggling. The Yankees fell 3-2 in 18 innings and were swept by the Oakland Athletics. Yes they struggle in Oakland, however, this may be a little different this time.
The A’s tied it in the third. Chris Young walked and Eric Sogard followed with a single. They pulled off a double steal to make it second and third. Derek Norris grounded out to drive in Young. Sogard was caught stealing with John Jaso up, which turned out to be important. Jaso walked and Seth Smith doubled to tie the game.
The rest of the way was about missed opportunities. The A’s had second in third in the bottom of the ninth, but Brandon Moss struck out. The Yankees had second and third in the 11th, but Kevin Youkilis and Travis Hafner struck out. They loaded the bases in the 14th, but Mark Teixeira popped out. Vernon Wells was 0- for the game, however he kept the Yankees alive in the 15th by throwing out Brandon Moss at the plate.
The A’s broke through in the 18th. John Jaso singled off Preston Claiborne to knock him out of the game. In came Mariano Rivera. Seth Smith blooped a single to left and Jed Lowrie was walked intentionally to load the bases. Nate Freiman ended it with a single.
YGY Player Of The Game: Adam Warren
Notes: Derek Jeter was cleared to resume baseball activities. Orlando Hernandez and John Flaherty are will be making their debut at Old-Timers Day. The Yankees signed third-round pick Michael O’Neill.