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The Yankees were going for their 7 straight win but didn’t
get it, a result of CC Sabathia’s horrible first inning. Walk, out, walk, homer
by Kurt Suzuki to give the A’s a 3-0 lead, and they would never turn back. They
would add on a run in the 4th to go up 4-0. CC wasn’t pitching
great, but it was his control killing him. He ended up with 6 walks more than
he had all season. Thames and Tex added on runs but not much happened except
the first triple play of the year, in the bottom of the 5th, 5-4-3.
Groundball to A-Rod, step on third throw to second, Cano fired to first for the
triple play. Andrew Bailey closed the game to give the A’s the final game of
this 3 game set.
Player of the Game:
Dallas Braden: Braden went 6 innings only giving up 2 runs to get his third
win of the season. Braden didn’t keep the ball in the infield that well, giving
up 2 homers and getting more outs in the air then on the ground. He did get the
outs, leaving the last three innings to his pen. CC didn’t pitch horribly
though, having one bad inning in which, if he had pitched well, would probably
come out with the win. One pitch to Kurt Suzuki was enough to lose the game in
Play of the Game: The
Yankee Triple Play: The first Yankees triple play since 1968 was of the
around the horn variety. Suzuki hit a ground ball to A-Rod at third who stepped
on the bag, made an off balance throw to second and Cano fired to first, to get
the slow footed Kurt Suzuki.
Drive of the Game:
Kurt Suzuki’s three run homer in the first: CC struggled in the first and
Kurt Suzuki, who had an odd day, took advantage of it. CC walked Rajai Davis on
4 pitches and Ryan Sweeney as well. Suzuki then came up and on the first pitch
killed the ball to give the A’s a three run lead. This was the only bad inning
for Sabathia and if this had never happened the Yanks would have won and CC’s
3.00 ERA would actually be a 2.00 ERA. 3.00 isn’t bad though, it’s the win that
matters which didn’t pull through.
The Yankees sealed their 5th series in a row on the back of a splendid pitching performance from Phil Hughes. Hughes was locked in from the first pitch, firing immaculate fastballs to get ahead in the count, and then using his devastating curve to put away the hitter. His opponent, Ben Sheets, was doing a good job as well, mixing his off speed effectively with high heat. The first runs of the game finally came in the fourth inning, with A-Rod and Cano hitting back-to-back triples before a Posada grounder scored Cano and gave the Yanks a 2-0 lead. To this point, the only A’s baserunner had come via the walk in the 1st inning, and Hughes looked in complete control as he continued to no hit the A’s. His pitch count was low, low enough to go the distance, and when the eighth inning started, every Yankee fan was on the edge of their chair, praying for the first Yankee no-no since David Cone back in 1999. But alas; Eric Chavez swung hard at the first pitch of the eighth inning, the ball went straight back to Hughes, where it ricocheted off his glove and landed in front of the mound. A dazed Hughes frantically searched the air for the ball, before realizing that it had landed right in front of him. By the time he had recovered, Chavez had reached first, and the no hitter was gone. There were no now more pressing matters to deal with; the Yankees held a very slim lead, and when Hughes walked Gabe Gross to put two on with one out, Girardi immediately replaced him with Joba Chamberlain. Hughes trudged off with a career high 10 K’s, with his parents cheering him on from the crowd. Joba gave up a single which allowed Eric Chavez to score and make it a one run ball game, but managed to escape the inning with no further damage. A Gardner RBI tacked on an insurance run for the Yankees in the ninth, and after a brief stutter, Mariano Rivera shut the door on a 3-1 win for his sixth save of the season and the Yankees 6th win in a row.