When I saw the lineup for yesterday's series finale in Oakland, I casually said to my dad that I bet the Yankees wouldn't score a single run. I feel pretty good about that prediction this morning, as it solidifies my status as a baseball genius, but I also feel bad because the lack of run scoring guaranteed them a series loss against the A's.
Jesse Chavez was the starter for Oakland, and the Yanks actually put together a few good chances against him early. They had 2 on and 1 out in the top of the 1st on a pair of singles and stranded them on a Teix strikeout and Beltran groundout, and they had the same situation in the 2nd before Jose Pirela lined into an inning-ending double play. They scattered a few more hits here and there over the next 6 innings, but nothing that qualified as a real threat. It was until the 9th that they put multiple runners on base again and that rally ended with a pinch hit strikeout and popout by Brian McCann and Garrett Jones.
Adam Warren matched zeros with Chavez through 5 innings as he continued to strengthen his hold on a rotation spot. The only real mistake he made in his 7 innings was a misplaced fastball to Stephen Vogt in the bottom of the 6th. Vogt smacked it for a 2-run home run (Billy Burns was on third) and Oakland had all the scoring they would need. That didn't stop them from tacking on an insurance run in the 8th off Esmil Rogers. Guess I was wrong when I said he would be a better close game option than Carpenter the other day. So much for being a baseball genius.
- Don't look now, but Warren's ERA is down to 3.75. Not bad for a guy who was supposed to start the season in the bullpen.
- 8 team hits, all singles, and 1 walk. That ain't going to get it done.
- Shout out to Ramon Flores for picking up his first MLB hit yesterday. I see ya there, Ramon!
- Yanks have lost 13 of their last 17 games and are still tied for the lead in the AL East. How sad is that?