(Still too many extra base hits, Ivan. Courtesy of The AP)
I don't know if the Yankees left their bats in New York before making the trip out to Oakland or if Tommy Milone is really that good, but they didn't do a whole lot of damage again last night and lost another close game because of it. Ivan Nova wasn't particularly sharp, but he did what he usually does and limited the damage to 2 runs to give his team a chance. The Yankees just never mustered up enough offense to support him and ended up losing on a walk-off single in the 9th after coming back to tie the game at 2.
- Nova loaded the bases in the bottom of the 1st but managed to escape without allowing a run. He gave up 1 in the 3rd on a triple and a sac fly and another in the 4th on an RBI double by Brandon Inge.
- The Yankee offense didn't get a runner to second base until the top of the 6th when Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira singled. Teix was thrown out trying to go first to third in the 4th inning, and Milone was just dominating the Yankees with his changeup.
- 6.2 innings of 2-run ball isn't terrible, but Nova struggled with his command in the strike zone all day, and the A's pounded him when he did. 5 of the 9 hits he gave up went for extra bases.
- Nick Swisher left the game after running out a ground ball in the 7th inning. It looked like it was his pesky groin again, but postgame it was revealed to be a left hip flexor. Doubt we'll see him for the rest of the series.
- Milone exited after 7 innings and 10 strikeouts, and the Yankees were finally able to put some runs on the board. Russell Martin hit a solo HR to lead off the 8th inning and Robinson Cano hit one to lead off the 9th and it was a 2-2 game.
- With the game tied, Joe decided not to go with Soriano in the 9th and it cost him. Cody Eppley came in after Clay Rapada got a strikeout and gave up 3 consecutive singles to allow the winning run to score.
- The Yankees' streak of consecutive games with at least 3 runs was broken at 43.
- Cano: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 1 LOB. Robbie got a DH day to start off, and still managed to have a productive day at the plate. His hitting streak is now up to 23 games.
- Andruw Jones: 0-4, 4 K, 1 LOB. The old golden sombrero for 'Druw, made worse by the fact that he made a crummy throw to the plate on the game-winning single.
- Eppley: 0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, L. Eppley didn't even record an out before giving up the game-winning run, which is a tough go. But he's pitched very well all year, so you can excuse one bad night.
Phil Hughes and Jarrod Parker will square off today in the third game of the series. The Yanks are still looking to get into the win column and stop the slight bleeding in their division lead (8 games).