Sly’s Report Card: Yankees 2 Athletics 3

Posted on July 20, 2012

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New York Yankees (57-36) lose to Oakland Athletics (49-44) 2-3 in game 2 July 20, 2012

The “Never Say Die” Oakland Athletics have done it again with another Walk off hit giving them a Major League leading 10 for the season. Each walk off has been by a different member of the team this times hero was Brandon Moss (1B).
Game two versus the Yankee’s had a little bit of everything so let’s take a look at the grade book.

Offense

Aside from the walk off, A’s got an early lead, consistently had runners on base however consistently left runners on base. In the end though it’s all about a timely hit and there and scoring more runs then the opponent.

Excellent (A)

Before his final at bat of the game Brandon Moss was 1-4 with a double and 0-2 with RISP. However in the bottom of the 9th with runners on 1st & 2nd and 1 out Moss can up big in the clutch with the walk off hit. Yonies Cespedes had a great game going 4-5, his 4th hit was eventually Moss’s game winning RBI.

Cespedes: 4-5, 1R
Moss: 2-5 [Double], 1RBI, 1SO; Walk off single bottom of the 9th.

Above Average (B)

Josh Reddick has been outstanding all year for the A’s and had a good game for the A’s with two doubles. Had there been runners on base for those doubles he would have had an excellent game. Jonny Gomes as a PH in the 7th worked a walk to load the bases, to go along with an infield single in 9th to get the game winning run in scoring position.

Reddick: 3-5 [2 Doubles], 1SO
Gomes: 1-1, BB

Average (C)

Coco Crisp, Jemile Weeks and Brandon Inge are very important parts of this Oakland A’s offense. A triple, double, two RBIs & a run while going a combined 2-11 with 5 strikeouts shows the sky’s the limit for this offense if these three can hit even a little better.

Crisp: 1-3 [Triple], 1R, 2SO, BB
Weeks: 0-4 1RBI, 1SO
Inge: 1-4 [Double], 1RBI, 2SO

Needs Improvement

Seth Smith continued to struggle being the DH, he did walk in the 1st to load the bases but was 0-2 with RISP hitting to ground balls. Eric Sogard got the start at SS after being called up ( Cliff Pennington going to the DL) showed some speed & good pop on his triple. That was his only hit but with consistent playing time I don’t think he’ll spend much time in this category. Kurt Suzuki was 0-1 with RISP to to go with 2 strikeouts.
Smith: 0-2 BB
Sogard: 1-4 [Triple]; reached on an error in the 4th inning
Suzuki: 0-3 2 SO

Defense

Keeping the high-powered Yankee offense to two 2 runs on 8 hits and snapping their streak of 43 games of at least 3 runs is pretty impressive.

Starter

Rookie starting pitcher Tommy Milone was straight dealing tonight striking out 10 batters in 7 innings. He allowed six hits and never had a runner reach third base. He pitched 1-2-3 innings in 2nd, 3rd and the 5th striking out the side.
1st: K (swinging), 1B, 6-4 FC, 4U FC (B)
2nd: P4, K (looking), K (swinging) (A)
3rd: L5, FO3, 6-3G (A)
4th: K (swinging), 1B, *9-5 FC, K (looking) (B)
5th: K (swinging), K (swinging), K (looking) (A)
6th: P6, 1B, F9, 1B, 5-4 FC (B)
7th: 1B, 5-3G, K (swinging), K (swinging) (A)

Milone: 7.0 IP 6H, 10SO, 110PC (A+)

Bullpen

The bullpen was not as strong as it has been blowing the save and giving up two HRs. Jerry Blevins gave up a lead off HR in the 8th but got two out before hitting Mark Teixeira with a pitch to put the tying run on. Evan Scribner replaced Blevins and got Alex Rodriguez to Fly out to right on one pitch. Ryan Cook came in to close the 9th pitching for the 3rd straight day for the first time this season and gave up a lead HR to Cano to tie the game. He retired the next three batters to keep it a 2-2 game going into the bottom of the 9th.
8th: HR, 6-3G, F8, HBP

Blevins: 0.2 IP 1H, 1R, 1ER, HB 10PC (C)

8th: F9

Scribner: 0.1IP 1PC (A)

9th: HR, L5, K (swinging), 6-3G (C)

Cook: 1.0 IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1SO 11PC, BS (blown save), W

*Fielding

Tommy Milone had a couple runners on second base but never had to pitch with a runner on third. Josh Reddick made sure of that in the 4th as he threw out Mark Teixeira trying to go to third from first on an Alex Rodriguez single to right field.

Final Grades

Hitting: B-

Pitching: B+

Overall: A+

Oakland leads series 2-0

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