Last night the Oakland Athletics started a crucial four game series at home against the New York Yankees and the A’s took game one 4-3 and that snapped a nine game losing streak at home against the Yankees. Tonight the A’s earned at least a split with another impressive walk-0ff win.
Tommy Milone had his best start his career striking out 10, giving up six hits, he didn’t walk anybody and allowed no runs. Yet, the A’s bullpen couldn’t hold the lead and Milone ended up with a no decision. The Yankees had only two real threats against Milone and one in the fourth inning when Mark Teixeira singled with one out and Alex Rodriguez hit a slow ground ball past Jemile Weeks. Teixeira believing that the ball had been hit slowly enough attempted to go to third, where Josh Reddick picked the ball up barehanded and fired a strike to Brandon Inge who put on the tag for the second out of the inning.
The final inning for Milone became stressful as Robinson Cano extended his hitting streak to 23 to open the inning. Nick Swisher moved Cano to second on a grounder to Inge and Milone then was able to strike out Andruw Jones and Jayson Nix to end the threat.
After Milone came out the A’s opted to use Jerry Blevins and the first batter he faced was Russell Martin who promptly greeted him with a solo home run on the second pitch that he saw. Blevin then retired Derek Jeter on a ground ball and Curtis Granderson who flew out to Coco Crisp who had to make a nice diving catch as he was playing deep. With two outs Blevins hit Teixeira with a pitch and was subsequently taken out by Bob Melvin for Evan Scribner to face Rodriguez.
Rodriguez being the aggressive hitter that he is went after the first pitch and hit a fly ball to Reddick to end the inning. Ryan Cook came on in the ninth to save the game for the A’s and gave up a game tying home run to Cano and then retired the next three batters that he face to keep the game tied at 2-2.
Offensively the A’s had their own challenges scoring, yet were able to pull out the 3-2 victory in dramatic fashion. The A’s got the offense started in the third inning when Crisp opened the inning with a triple and Weeks drove Crisp in with a sacrifice fly for the 1-0 lead. In the fourth the A’s added the second run of the ball game after Brandon Moss opened the inning off with a double, Inge then doubled in Moss for a 2-0 lead. The A’s squandered an opportunity to add to the lead because Eric Sogard got on thanks to an error by Yankees starter Ivan Nova. Kurt Suzuki executed a perfect sacrifice bunt, yet Crisp struck out and Weeks popped out to end the threat.
In the seventh the A’s wasted a chance with the bases loaded and two out with Moss fouling off the first pitch, then looking at the next two strikes to end the inning. The eighth inning after the Yankees had scored on Blevins, Sogard hit a triple with one out and Suzuki couldn’t get the job done with the contact play on and Sogard eventually was tagged out in a run down with Suzuki winding up at second.
Like the A’s have done so much this year, the A’s walked off with another win in the ninth inning. With one out Yoenis Cespedes hit a single which was his fourth hit of the game, Jonny Gomes followed up with an infield single on a ball hit to Jeter that took an unexpected bounce and Moss roped a single to Jones who had no shot at throwing out Cespedes for the game winning hit.
Not only did the A’s snap the 43 straight games that the Yankees had scored more than three runs, the A’s also became the first time in Major League Baseball history to have walk-off by 10 different players.