By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)
June 4th, 2014
Oakland Athletics vs New York Yankees Post Game Recap
Final Score: Athletics 7 Yankees 4
On Wednesday night in the Bronx, the Yankees once again lost at home to the Athletics, as things are starting to get bad for the Yankees, as they fall to (29-29) on the season with the 7-4 loss to the Athletics.
The Yankees offense, which has been awful this home-stand actually got off to a very good start and had a big third inning against Jesse Chavez. In the inning the Yankees would score first with a Derek Jeter infield single that scored Ichiro Suzuki after a lead-off walk and a Brett Gardner moved him to Third Base. Jacoby Ellsbury would follow Jeter with a three-run homerun to make it a 4-0 game, and it was Ellsbury’s third of the season. Chavez finished going six innings allowing four runs on seven hits, two walks, as he was able to pick up his fifth win of the season despite a so-so start.
Vidal Nuno made yet another start that the Yankees brass probably wasn’t expecting this season with the depth they had in the rotation going into the season, but Nuno was ok on Wednesday, but did have a very short leash. Nuno finished pitching only 4.2 innings, allowing two runs on six hits, one walk, and was able to strikeout five batters. Yoenis Cespedes was able to hit his first homerun of the game in the fourth inning off of Nuno, and then Nuno would struggle a bit in the fifth inning, allowing another run on a sac-fly from Jed Lowrie before being pulled for Matt Daley.
Daley came back out for the sixth inning to face Cespedes, and he was able to hit his second homerun of the game, and his 12th homerun of the season. Jeter would then have a throwing error on the next batter, and Daley was pulled.
Matt Thornton would come in for Daley, and struggle letting the Athletics to load the bases on a single and a walk, then a sac-fly by Alberto Callaspo would tie the game at 4-4. Jose Ramirez would make his major league debut in the seventh inning, and just five pitches in to his pro career would allow a solo-homerun to Josh Donaldson, which broke the tie, and eventually Ramirez would get the first loss of his career.
In the ninth inning with the game still within reach, newly acquired Reliever, Wade LeBlanc would allow to important insurance runs for the Athletics, as two base-hits and an intentional walk loaded the bases, and the LeBlanc would hit Brandon Moss with a pitch for the Athletics sixth run of the game, and a sac-fly from Kevin Blanks would be the final run of the game.
Next up for the Yankees will be an afternoon game in the Bronx, as the finale of the home-stand and three-game series against the Athletics will come to a close, with Masahiro Tanaka (8-1, 2.06) facing Drew Pomeranz (5-2, 2.37).