Nathan Eovaldi gave up two or less runs in his last three starts, and tonight was no different. Aside from a few bloop singles, it was a fine outing in a game that saw both teams exchange control of the lead a few times. Eventually, Eovaldi was pulled in favor of Chasen Shreve, who immediately gave up a game-tying home run. The game went to extras and the Yankees had a chance to walk off with two runners on and Mark Teixeira at the plate, but the rally fell just short.
The Athletics took a one-run lead early after putting together three singles in a row. It only lasted half an inning though, as the Yankees put two runs on the board in the bottom of the first thanks to RBI singles from Brian McCann and Garrett Jones. Both pitchers settled down to pitch clean second innings, but the Athletics tied the game up in the third. In a night full of singles, Marcus Semien and Billy Burns hit back-to-back singles then Stephen Vogt followed with an RBI single to right that went past a diving Stephen Drew.
The Yankees regained the lead in the fourth after McCann walked, Jones singled, and Didi Gregorius hit a single to drive in the run. So many singles. Eovaldi made it through the fifth inning without getting into trouble, but after getting Ben Zobrist to ground out to start the sixth, Joe Girardi opted to remove Eovaldi and bring in Chasen Shreve. Eovaldi's pitch count was only at 86, but the broadcast crew referred to the fact that Eovaldi tends to struggle the third time through a lineup, which may explain the decision. Unfortunately, the decision didn't work out very well. Shreve struck out Josh Reddick then gave up a solo home run to Billy Butler to make it a tie game.
Adam Warren and Justin Wilson pitched clean seventh and eighth innings, respectively. The Yankees' offense had a good chance to do something in the seventh, after Semien made his 27th (!) error of the season which allowed Drew, who lead off the inning, to make it safely into first base. However, Gardner grounded out, and Headley lined into a double play that ended with Drew being doubled off of second base. It gets harder and harder to justify his place on the team.
In the ninth inning, Dellin Betances came in and worked a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts. The game went to the tenth and Betances stayed in the game. After striking out three times tonight (and snapping his bat in half over his knee following his strikeout against Warren), Brett Lawrie hopped on a breaking ball that stayed up and lifted it to just inside the left foul pole to give Oakland control of the lead. Drew was up first in the bottom of the inning, and hit a foul pop up off Tyler Clippard for the first out. Gardner followed with a walk, but Headley grounded out. Alex Rodriguez was able to work a two-out walk and the Yankees replaced him with Jose Pirela. With a chance to walk off, Mark Teixeira went from a 3-0 count to a full count, then struck out swinging at a changeup to end the game.
It was a tough loss in a game that felt winnable, but at least we can console ourselves with the fact that Andrew Miller and Jacoby Ellsbury will both come off of the disabled list tomorrow. Looking to tie up the series, CC Sabathia will make his final start before the All-Star break tomorrow night against Scott Kazmir at 7:05 EST.