The New York Yankees posted a victory in the rubber match of the Oakland Athletic series with a 7-5 victory. The game honestly should not have been as close as it was, but it was still an entertaining game for all those in attendance and those watching from home. With the win, the Yankees move to 19 games over .500 for the fifth time this year.

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Recap

 

IP

H

R

ER

K

BB

Gonzalez

4.2

7

6

6

5

3

Colon

7

8

2

2

4

1

 

After watching today’s start, I cannot figure out why or how Gio Gonzalez game into today’s game with a sub 2.50 ERA. In the 4.2 innings he was on the mound, he struggled to keep runners off base, via the walk and the hit. His control was just not there, pitching 68 out of 111 pitches for strikes.

The last time we saw Bartolo face off against the A’s, he dominated from start to finish. Today he turned in another great start, getting the game to David Robertson and Mariano Rivera. The issue was those two gave up three rare earned runs and seven hits. Still, the Yankees were able to hold on to the win, largely in part to a great unassisted double play by Mark Teixeira to bail Mo out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the ninth.

For the offense, I probably should talk about how Curtis Granderson’s 27th home run and 74th RBI, but I’d rather talk about Hideki Matsui. The former Yankee went 5-5 today, tying a career high in hits. He really had a great series this weekend (7-13, 1 HR, 2 RBIs), and I can’t say I wasn’t happy whenever I saw him get a hit. We miss you, Godzilla.

Stats and Happenings

19: The Yankees reached 19 games over .500 for the fifth time this year. They have not yet gotten to 20 games over – we’ll see what happens tomorrow!

This is the fifteenth consecutive season Mariano Rivera has had at least 25 saves. 

What’s Next?

The Yankees continue their hosting of the AL West with the Seattle Mariners. Yes, the Seattle Mariners who have now lost 15 consecutive games. I suppose anything less than a sweep can be considered a disappointment. See you tomorrow.

7:05, YES. Jason Vargas (6-8, 3.94 ERA) vs. Freddy Garcia (8-7, 3.21 ERA)