A big night for the New York Yankees as they were able to activate both Andrew Miller, and Jacoby Ellsbury from the DL before tonight’s game. The Yankees played game two of a three game series with the Oakland A’s. The Yankees were able to bounce back and tie the series up, thanks in large part to their All-Star first basemen.
In the top of the second inning it looked like the A’s were going to put a crooked number against CC Sabathia. The A’s were able to score two runs from back to back singles from Josh Phegley and Mark Canha. Sabathia, however was able to fight his way around those two runs, and that is all he gave up the inning.
The Yankees were able to respond in the bottom of the second inning off of A’s pitcher Scott Kazmir. Chris Young led the inning off and get on base. Then Didi Gregorius was able to hit a ball in the gap, that made Young score, and cut the lead in half 2-1.
After the third inning Scott Kazmir left the game with some tightness in his arm. The Yankees took advantage right away of a weak bullpen. The first batter of the inning was 2015 All-Star, Mark Teixeira, and Tex crushed the ball to tie the game at two a piece. Then the Yankees continued the rally which resulted in another run in the bottom of the fourth. Jose Pirela was able to hit a sacrifice fly, and score Young to take the lead.
Joe Girardi continues his tight rope with starting pitchers, and took CC Sabathia out in the sixth inning with one out. This is back to back nights where Joe Girardi took out the starting pitcher in the sixth inning, and the pitcher did not reach 100 total pitches. At this point Joe Girardi clearly has more trust in the bullpen, then in any of his starters.
Mark Teixeira continued his great night with hitting another home run in the bottom of the sixth to make the lead 4-2. Last year Tex hit for the total season 22 home runs and 62 RBIs, this year before the All-Star break Tex already has 22 home runs, and has 61 RBIs. Clearly, Mark Teixeira is in the running for AL Comeback Player of the Year.
With a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth Stephen Drew, who came in for defense, hit his 12th home run of the year to make the game 5-2. His batting average is still the worst in baseball for every day players, but this home run certainly helped.
The Yankee bullpen took over, and threw power arm after power arm. Bryan Mitchell came in the sixth to relieve CC Sabathia. Justin Wilson came into the seventh, and did not let a run. Then in the eighth Dellin Betances came in, and took back his set-up role now that Miller is back. After Betances’ 1-2-3 eighth inning Andrew Miller took the mound in the ninth.
Miller took all Yankee fans for an adventure. He was able to get the first out of the inning. Then Miller gave up a base hit. After the base hit Marcus Semien was able to hit a two-run home run to bring the game within one. Andrew Miller was able to get the next batter out. With two outs Gregorio Petit made a throwing error, and kept the A’s rally alive. Miller was able to get a ground out to win 5-4, and able to get his 18th save of the year.
The Yankees look to take two out of three with the A’s in a day game tomorrow. First pitch will be at 1:05 with Masahiro Tanaka back on the mound.
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