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Game 98: Yankees vs. A’s

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Jul 23, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Yankees lineup
1. Brett Gardner LF
2. Derek Jeter SS
3. Curtis Granderson CF
4. Mark Teixeira 1B
5. Robinson Cano DH
6. Nick Swisher RF
7. Russell Martin C
8. Eduardo Nunez 2B
9. Brandon Laird 3B
Phil Hughes RHP

A’s lineup
1. Jemile Weeks 2B
2. Cliff Pennington SS
3. Hideki Matsui DH
4. Josh Willingham LF
5. David DeJesus RF
6. Scott Sizemore 3B
7. Ryan Sweeney CF
8. Conor Jackson 1B
9. Landon Powell C
Rich Harden RHP

TV/Time: YES/1:08
Umpires: Bill Welke HP, Jeff Nelson 1B, Vic Carapazza 2B, Manny Gonzalez 3B
Weather: Too hot again, 93. It’s supposed to go up to 99.

Same old song? The Yankees are going after their 12th straight win against Oakland. Right now, they’re riding their longest winning streak against the A’s since 1956-57 when they took 14 straight.
Sense of relief: Yankees relievers haven’t been charged with a run in their last six games, covering 16 1/3 innings.
Run to daylight: The Yankees still own the best record in the majors in day games, now 28-5. In daylight, they are batting .279 with 46 homers, and they have a major-league-best 2.61 ERA.

Update, 1:18: Burnett makes it out of the first unscathed after allowing a long double and hitting a batter. He got David DeJesus trying to check his swing on a curve.

Update, 1:27: Granderson walks with two outs, but he’s caught stealing.

Update, 1:36: Burnett pitches out of trouble again, runner on second one out and on third with two outs. But he got Landon Powell looking at a 94 mph fastball to end it.

Update, 1:41: First hit for the Yankees with one out in the second, Cano bloops a double down the left-field line.

Update, 1:45: 1-0, Yankees. Russell Martin bounces a single through the middle.

Update, 1:53: Burnett hits Jemile Weeks, then picks him off, catching him taking a step the wrong way.

Update, 1:57: Matsui singles with two outs, and Willingham deposits a 94 mph fastball in the A’s bullpen. It’s 2-1 Oakland heading for the home third. Jeter can still make the play in the hole, just ended the inning with his signature backhand, jump and throw to first.

Update, 2:08: It’s 2-1 after three. The Yankees only have the two hits from the second. The A’s have just three hits. It’s up to 96 degrees, but it feels like 99 with the humidity. At least there are a lot of clouds.

Update, 2:17: Burnett gives up a two-out single to Conor Jackson, but then gets Powell swinging for his third strikeout.

Update, 2:32: Bases loaded, two outs in the fourth for Laird.

Update, 2:36: Laird goes down swinging on a 94 mph fastball, still 2-1 heading for the fifth.

Update, 2:40: Weeks doubles over Gardner’s head after Gardner got twisted around. Now there’ s one out and Weeks is on third.

Update, 2:44: Matsui goes down looking at a fastball. Bob Melvin thought it was high, appeared to be yelling out to Bill Welke.

Update, 2:46: Nice work by Burnett. Willingham also goes down looking at a fastball.

Update, 2:54: Teixeira said last night he hasn’t felt good hitting lefty for a month. He hit the grand slam lefty, but he’s back struggling today, now 0 for 3 with two strikeouts. He just fouled out by third for the third out with Jeter on first after a single.

Update, 3:05: Burnett has been good at getting out of trouble. He has another chance, first and second, two outs in the sixth.  Burnett is at 95 pitches. Cory Wade is warming. Burnett has handled Powell easily in two at-bats.

Update, 3:10: Burnett walks Powell to load the bases on is 100th pitch. Girardi is bringing in Wade.

Update, 3:13: Weeks punches a soft single into right, 3-1, bases still loaded. Pennington is up. Boone Logan is warming with Matsui on deck.

Update, 3:17: Pennington grounds to second, side retired.

Update, 3:21: Swisher hits a solo homer to the second deck in right with one out in the sixth. So it’s 3-2. That was Harden’s last pitch. Brad Ziegler gets the ball.

Update, 3:30: Logan is coming on for the seventh.

Update, 3:33: First pitch from Logan and Matsui parks the fastball in the right-center seats, 4-2.

Update, 3:40: Craig Breslow is on to pitch the seventh for the A’s.

Update, 3:47: Breslow is departing with two outs and Jeter on second after a one-out double, driven to the fence in right-center. Melvin is going to make Teixeira hit from his struggling side, the left side. Righty Grant Balfour is coming on.

Update, 3:52: Teixeira grounded to Weeks in shallow right, but Balfour didn’t cover first, so it’s a single, first and third. Cano’s turn.

Update, 3:54: Cano skies to center to end the inning, 4-2, heading for the eighth. The Yankees have seven hits after putting up 17 runs and 17 hits last night. 

Update, 4:04: Bottom eight, 6, 7, 8 due up for the Yankees, Swisher, Martin, Nunez.

Update, 4:10: A walk and a single to start the inning against Balfour.

Update, 4:13: Nunez can’t bunt the runners over, just missing foul up the first-base line for the second strike. Then he flied to left. Jorge Posada will pinch hit for Laird.

Update, 4:17: Posada bounces into a 6-4-3 double play, not a lot of big hits today for the home team.

Update, 4:19: David Robertson will pitch the ninth. The Yankees will also be losing their DH. Cano is going to second, and Nunez is moving from second to third.

Update, 4:32: Robertson loads the bases with two outs on a single and two walks, then fans Ryan Sweeney get out of trouble as usual. Andrew Bailey will try to close it out for the A’s.

Update, 4:43: Gardner draws a leadoff walk and Jeter singles to right, first and second, nobody out.

Update, 4:46: Granderson strikes out as the runners pull off a double steal.

Update, 4:47: Sac fly for Teixeira, 4-3. The tying run in the form of Jeter is 90 feet away after he tagged up, too. Cano is up with two outs.

Update, 4:49: Cano bounces to third, A’s win, 4-3. They stop their 11-game losing streak against the Yankees.

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