Friday, April 22, 2016

New York Yankees struggles continue in loss to the Oakland Athletics

The New York Yankees were defeated by the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night.  The game took place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York and the final score was 5-2.  Nathan Eovaldi pitched pretty well, he had one bad inning and the offense continued to not do much.  Didi Gregorius had two hits. 

Eovaldi pitched six innings giving up eight hits and three runs with one walk and seven strikeouts.  Eovaldi took the loss, his second of the season.  Kirby Yates pitched an inning with a walk, Brandon Pinder pitched an inning giving up three hits and two runs with a walk and a strikeout and Ivan Nova pitched a perfect inning. 

Kendall Graveman started for the A's and pitched 6 1/3 innings giving up three hits and a run with three walks and eight strikeouts.  He won his first game of the season.  Marc Rzepczynski pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up a hit, Ryan Dull pitched an inning giving up a hit and a run and Sean Doolittle pitched an inning giving up a hit and he struck out one and saved his second game of the season. 

Jacoby Ellsbury had a hit, Starlin Castro drew a walk and Carlos Beltran had a hit and an RBI.  Brian McCann had a hit and drew a walk, Alex Rodriguez had a hit and Chase Headley drew a walk.  Gregorius had two hits and an RBI, Ellsbury hit a double and Gregorius and Beltran hit a homerun.  The Yankees were 0-4 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.  Gregorius committed an error and Hicks had an outfield assist.  Eovaldi had a pickoff. 

Billy Burns had three hits, Chris Coghlan had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk and Josh Reddick had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk.  Danny Valencia had a hit, Billy Butler had a hit and Stephen Vogt had two hits and an RBI.  Jed Lowrie drew a walk, Khris Davis had two hits and two RBI and Burns had two doubles.  Coghlan, Vogt hit two doubles.  The Athletics were 5-13 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.  Burns was picked off, Vogt and Burns committed an error. 

Gregorius hit a solo homerun in the second to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead.  In the fourth Coghlan hit an RBI double to tie the game at one.  Reddick hit an RBI single to give the A's a 2-1 lead.  Vogt hit a sac fly still in the fourth to give the A's a 3-1 lead.  In the eighth Davis hit a two run single and it was 5-1 Athletics.  In the eighth Beltran hit a solo homerun to make it 5-2 and that would be the final score. 

The two teams will play the third and final game of the series on Thursday night.  The Yankees will look to avoid the sweep. 

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