CC Sabathia gave up three runs in the first, and issued six walks over eight innings, as the Athletics of Oakland avoid the sweep and bring the Yankees’ six-game win streak to an end.

Initial Reaction:

The Yankees were never able to recover after Oakland’s Kurt Suzuki hit a three-run home run in the first. Sabathia made some adjustments following the first inning, allowing just two hits – one an infield single – from then on. He struggled with his command all day however, issuing six walks, after walking none in his last outing. The Yankees made it just a two-run deficit with solo home runs off the bats of Mark Teixeira and Marcus Thames. In the ninth the Yanks brought the tying run to the plate before Garden State product Andrew Bailey closed it out for the A’s.

Positives From The Game:

Yo Frankie: Francisco Cervelli, giving Jorge Posada the day off, had a great all-around game behind the plate. He went 2-for-3 at the dish and picked off Kevin Kouzmanoff at second with a nice throw.

Just Win, Baby: Although the Yankees didn’t get the sweep this afternoon, they took two out of three from the A’s. They’ve now won every series on the season.

The Longball: Mark Teixeira and Marcus Thames both hit solo home runs this afternoon.

Negatives From The Game:

The Offense: The Yankees managed just two runs this afternoon, their lowest offensive output so far this season.

No Thanks, I’m Just Looking: Nick Johnson struck out looking for the eleventh time in 15 games.

Walk This Way: Six walks allowed by Carsten Charles Sabathia, tying a career high.

Interesting Facts:

42, and 6,632: The number of years, and games, since the Yankees last turned a triple play, on June 3, 1968, against the Twins. The Yankees turned a 5-4-3 triple play in the sixth.

GardnerJeter-Johnson: Batting 9-1-2 today, they went a combined 0-10. Every Yanks starter had at least one hit outside of these three.

17: Nick Johnson’s strikeout total through 15 games.

5-13, 2 HR: That is Marcus Thames’ career line against Dallas Braden. Thames went 1-2 with a solo shot against the left-handed Braden today.

2:07: The length of the game. Not a typo. Let’s hope Joe West isn’t going to complain about games not taking long enough.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees continue a nine game road-trip with a three-game set against the Los Angeles Angels. Look for the series preview soon.

Game One: (Friday10:05 PM ET) AJ Burnett (2-0, 2.37 ERA) vs. Ervin Santana (1-2, 4.35 ERA)