Yanks Go Yard Recap: Donaldson’s Homer Beats New York Yankees In Eighth


The Yankees have a lot of fight in them all year. That fight showed today as they came back from a deficit again today, but they couldn’t hang on as a late home run for Oakland gave them a 5-4 victory against the Yankees today.

May 5, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher

Andy Pettitte

(46) reacts on the mound against the Oakland Athletics during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Andy Pettitte got the ball to start in this one and the A’s struck first in the third. Derek Norris led off with a walk and Jed Lowrie was hit by a pitch. Yoenis Cespedes grounded into a force, but Robinson Cano‘s error allowed Norris to score. The Yankees tied it in the third when Brett Gardner doubled and Cano drove him in on a single, but got thrown out going to second.

In the fourth, Luke Montz hit his first homer of the year to make it 2-1. In the fifth, Lowerie walked and Cespedes hit his fifth homer of the year to make it 4-1. The Yankees fought back in the sixth. Cano led off with a single. Vernon Wells grounded out but reached. Travis Hafner followed with a walk. Ichiro Suzuki doubled in Wells. Two batters later, Lyle Overbay blooped a single to tie the game.

The game stayed that way until the eighth, when Josh Donaldson hit his third homer of the year. The Yankees threatened in the ninth, but Wells struck out with two runners on to end the game.

The Yankees are off tomorrow as they head to Colorado. Hiroki Kuroda and Jorge De La Rosa will duel at 8:40 Tuesday.

Notes: Eduardo Nunez left the game in the fifth with a rib injury. His MRI was negative and is day-to-day. Curtis Granderson may play all over the outfield when he returns from the disabled list.