By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

June 5th, 2014

Oakland Athletics vs New York Yankees Post Game Recap

Final Score: Athletics 1 Yankees 2

The New York Yankees were able to avoid the sweep at home on Thursday afternoon against the Oakland Athletics behind a god start from Masahiro Tanaka, and the bullpen being able to hold the lead in a close game. The victory moves the Yankees to (30-29) on the season, but they are still six games back of the Toronto Blue Jays, who just can’t seem to be beaten.

Tanaka has been easily the best player for the Yankees this season, and when they really needed a win to avoid the sweep, he came through with his ninth win of the season. Things didn’t start out to well for Tanaka in the first inning, as he allowed a solo-homerun to John Jaso, but after that he didn’t allow another run. Oakland did a very good job however of running up Tanaka’s pitch count, as he was only able to go six inning with 104 pitches, but it was still a good outing from the Yankees ace.

Athletics Starter, Drew Pomeranz was very good as well, but the Yankees offense, which has been really struggling, and did again on Thursday was bailed out by the pitching staff. The Yankees offense got to Pomeranz in the second inning, as the struggling Alfonso Soriano was able to come through with an RBI single that scored Brian McCann. In the third inning the Yankees would get their final run off of Pomeranz, coming from the bat of Brett Gardner, who smacked a solo-shot into the second deck in Right Field for his fourth homerun of the season. Pomeranz pitched very well going seven innings allowing just two runs on six hits, one walk, and was able to strikeout seven batters.

The set-up men for the Yankees did a good job holding the lead for Tanaka and then leading into David Robertson, as in the seventh inning Dellin Betances had a nice easy inning, not allowing a base-runner, and recording one strikeout. Adam Warren had a little bit more of a difficult time in the eighth inning, as with two outs the Athletics had runners on second and third after a wild pitch, but Warren settled down and struck-out Yoenis Cespedes to end the threat.

David Robertson came in to close the game, and after some recent struggles and some small ball by Oakland in the ninth inning, they were able to get a runner in scoring position with one out. Robertson wouldn’t falter though, as he got Alberto Callaspo to ground-out to First Base, and then he struck-out pinch-hitter Derek Norris to end the game, and earned save number 13 on the season.

Next up the Yankees will be heading to Kansas City to start a weekend series with the Royals, as Chase Whitley (0-0, 2.37) will be looking for his first major league victory against Jeremy Guthrie (2-5, 4.00).