The story of this game is a lot like those of many recent Yankees' games. The offense picks up a run early. The Yankee starting pitcher, today it was Nathan Eovaldi, can't hold off the other team forever, and the Yankees lose the lead. The Yankees' offense can't get going again and they lose. For the second straight day, the Athletics were the beneficiary of that script, as they beat the Yankees 5-2.
Things actually started pretty well for the Yankees. In the second inning Didi Gregorius hit a solo home run, giving them an early 1-0 lead.
Eovaldi had cruised through the first three innings, but he ran into some trouble in the fourth. Billy Burns led off the inning with a double. Chris Coghlan immediately followed that with a double of his own, scoring Burns. Josh Reddick then blooped a single into left field. The A's waved Coghlan around third. Aaron Hicks' throw was on time, but Brian McCann couldn't handle it, scoring another run. After a Danny Valencia single moved Reddick to third, a sac fly from Stephen Vogt scored another run for Oakland.
After several defensive miscues loaded the bases with still just one out, Yonder Alonso flew out to left, setting up another play at the plate. This time McCann did not make a mistake. He handled Hicks' throw and tagged out Valencia to end the inning. Hicks' inning-ending throw was rather impressive.
Aaron Hicks' throw to nail Danny Valencia was registered at 105.5 mph by @statcast - the fastest ever recorded (!).— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) April 21, 2016
Despite the throw, the Athletics now had a 3-1 lead.
Eovaldi's day would be over after the sixth inning as Kirby Yates was brought in to start the seventh. Eovaldi went six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk. It was a somewhat decent outing for him, other than the fourth inning.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Yankees had a golden chance to get back in the game. With just one out, the Yankees had Gregorius and Chase Headley on second and third. Hicks was batting and he grounded one to third. Coughlan managed to tag Gregorius as he ran towards third and then managed to beat Hicks to first with the throw, completing a very weird double play. It wasn't totally clear if Gregorius was actually tagged, so the Yankees challenged. However, the call was upheld, the inning was over, and no run was scored.
In the eighth, the Athletics tacked on another two runs off Branden Pinder. In the bottom of the eighth, the Yankees did cut into Oakland's lead a little bit. Carlos Beltran crushed a home run into the second deck in right field. That made the score 5-2.
After Ivan Nova pitched a scoreless top of the ninth, the Yankees had one last chance in the bottom of the ninth. Things started well when McCann led off the inning with a single off Sean Doolittle. That was as far the rally got. Doolittle got three straight outs and the Yankees dropped another to Oakland.
I want to die.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 2, 2012
The Yankees and A's will wrap up their series tomorrow at 7:05 eastern. Luis Severino will try and turn things around for the Yankees, who will face Yankee legend Rich Hill.