The New York Yankees defeated the Oakland Athletics by the score of 4-2 on Saturday afternoon. The game took place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. Phil Hughes started for the Yankees and pitched great. Lyle Overbay and Chris Stewart hit homeruns for the Yankees and Overbay had two hits. The Yankees had seven of nine guys with hits but Overbay was the only one who had more then one.
Hughes pitched eight shutout innings with nine strikeouts. He walked a couple of guys and gave up four hits. Shawn Kelley didn’t record an out and gave up a hit and a run and Mariano Rivera pitched an inning giving up a hit and a run with a walk.
Brett Gardner had a hit and an RBI, Robinson Cano had a hit and Vernon Wells had a hit. Travis Hafner had a hit and an RBI, Overbay had two hits and an RBI and Eduardo Nunez had a hit. Stewart had a hit and an RBI, Overbay and Cano each hit a double, Nunez hit a triple and Stewart and Overbay each hit a homerun. The Yankees were 2-6 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base.
Bartolo Colon took the loss for the A’s and pitched 5 1/3 innings giving up six hits and three runs. He struck out three guys. Jerry Blevins pitched a perfect inning with a couple of strikeouts, Chris Resop pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up two hits and a run and Evan Scribner pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout.
John Jaso had a hit and drew a walk, Yoenis Cespedes had two hits and Brandon Moss had a hit and drew a walk. Seth Smith had two hits and an RBI, Josh Reddick had an RBI and drew a walk and Smith hit a double. The A’s were 1-7 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base. Donaldson committed an error.
Stewart hit a solo homerun in the third to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. In the fifth Overbay hit a solo homerun to make it 2-0 Yankees. The Yankees would extend their lead to 3-0 in the sixth on a Hafner RBI single. Gardner hit an RBI single in the seventh to make it 4-0 and that would be the Yankees final run. The A’s would fight back and score two runs in the ninth but would fall short as they lost 4-2. Smith hit an RBI single and Reddick grounded into a force out to score the second run.
The Yankees record improved to 18-11 and the A’s record fell to 17-14. The two teams will play game three of their series, the rubber game on Sunday afternoon.