By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
June 3rd, 2014
Oakland Athletics vs New York Yankees Post Game Recap
Final Score: Athletics 5 Yankees 2
The New York Yankees offense continues to struggle at home, as on Tuesday night they were only able to score two runs in the extra-innings loss. The loss moves the Yankees to (29-28) on the season, which puts them now five games behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL, and the Yankees are now an uncharacteristic three games under .500 at home this season.
One of the better starts of the season for Hiroki Kuroda was wasted on Tuesday night, as he left with the lead after a great outing, but got nothing to show for it. Kuroda finished going 6.2 innings allowing just one run on two hits and one walk. The one and only mistake for Kuroda came in the fifth inning, as Brandon Moss was able to crush a solo-homerun, which was his 14th of the season.
Athletics Starter Scott Kazmir also pitched very well in this game, as he went 6.1 innings allowing just two runs on six hits, two walks, and racked up 10 strikeouts, but Kazmir did have problems with Mark Teixeira, who was pretty much the whole Yankees offense.
Coming off getting a cortisone shot in his surgically repaired wrist that has been bothering him the past few weeks, Teixeira almost provided the Yankees with enough offense to defeat Kazmir and the Athletics. In the first inning, Teixeira singled home Brett Gardner for the first run of the game, and then with it being a tie-game in the sixth inning, Teixeira broke it with a solo-homerun, which was his 10 of the season. In his career, Teixeira has owned Kazmir, batting over .500 against the lefty.
In the eighth inning, Dellin Betances was cruising until a two-out walk to Alberto Callaspo would eventually come back to bite him, as pinch-hitter Stephen Vogt would hit a double to score Callaspo and tie the game.
In extra-innings the Athletics wouldn’t waste any time taking the lead, as in the 10th inning Moss would strike again for his 15th homerun and second of the game this time coming against Adam Warren. Warren would allow two more runs before being pulled, as Jed Lowrie would hit an RBI double, and then Kyle Blanks would single home Lowrie to make it a 5-2 game.
Next up for the Yankees will be playing Game Two of the series with the Athletics, as Vidal Nuno (1-2, 5.48) will be facing Jesse Chavez (4-3, 2.78).