Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Yankees sweep the Oakland Athletics and win their fifth straight

The New York Yankees defeated the Oakland Athletics by the score of 2-0 on Sunday evening. The game was played in Oakland, California. The Yankees got a strong start out of Hiroki Kuroda and Rafael Soriano closed it out. Mark Teixeira had another good offensive day as he has broken out of his slump. Derek Jeter had another day where he passed another legend on the all-time hits list. Tommy Milone started for the Athletics and pitched well. The A’s couldn’t get anything going offensively though.
Kuroda pitched eight shutout innings giving up four hits and one walk. He struck out three batters and picked up his fourth win of the season. Soriano picked up his fifth save of the season and is perfect since taking over the role. He gave up a hit and struck out two in his one inning of work. Soriano became the first Yankees closer other than Mariano Rivera to record at least four straight saves since 1997. Milone picked up his fourth loss of the season. He pitched 6 2/3 innings giving up eight hits and two runs with two walks and three strikeouts. Cook retired the only batter he faced, Grant Balfour pitched a perfect inning striking out one and Brian Fuentes pitched a perfect inning striking out one.

Jeter gave up a hit, Curtis Granderson had a hit and drew a walk and Teixeira had two hits and an RBI. Alex Rodriguez had a hit, Robinson Cano drew a walk and Nick Swisher had a hit. Andruw Jones had a hit and an RBI and Jayson Nix had a hit. Nix and Teixeira each had a double and Jones had a homerun. The Yankees were 1-11 with runners in scoring position and they left eight men on base.

Jemile Weeks had a hit, Coco Crisp had a hit and Josh Reddick had a hit. Seth Smith had a hit and drew a walk. The Athletics were 0-3 with runners in scoring position and left four men on base. Crisp had two stolen bases and Weeks was caught stealing.

Andruw Jones hit a solo homerun in the second inning. The Yankees had a 1-0 lead until the seventh inning when Teixeira hit an RBI double to make it 2-0. The closest the Athletics came was in the seventh. They had first and third one out but the next two guys struck out and flew out.

The Yankees swept the three game series and have won five games in a row. The five wins in a row are the most this season by the Yankees. The Yankees improved their record to 26-21. The Athletics record dropped to 22-26. The Yankees are now only two games out of first place in the loss column. The Yankees will begin a three game series in Anaheim against the Angels on Monday night.

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