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Poor Play in Second Inning Sinks A's

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The A's could and should have won tonight's game, provided baseball was scored from innings 3-9. Unfortunately, innings 1 and 2 also count, which wasn't good news for the A's tonight.

The A's would put two runners on in the first inning (a walk to Barton and a single by Suzuki), but Jack Cust would strike out, a familiar sight in his 0-4, 3K game. The Yankees wasted no time in taking the lead in the first on a single by Jeter and a double by Teixeira.

The second inning won't be on Anderson's highlight reel.

Two one-out singles would put runners on first and second for the Yankees and after a strikeout for the second out, it looked as if Anderson would escape unscathed. But with Jeter batting, Anderson couldn't make the play at first to end the inning, and the Yankees doubled their lead on the play. After a steal of third, Anderson would walk the next batter to load the bases, and a Teixeira single would bring two more runs home.

That's all the Yankees would score, but it would be enough.

Anderson settled down to pitch six innings overall, as his A's made a valiant effort to get back in the game. A two-run homerun by Kouzmanoff in the fourth would cut the lead in half, and a Rajai double, stolen base and groundout would score the third run. But no matter how hard they tried, the A's couldn't tie the game.

So they drop another, and must win tomorrow to avoid the 4-game sweep. Early game time; we'll see you back at 10:00 AM!

Current Series

Yankees win the series 3-0

Mon 08/30 5 - 11 loss
Tue 08/31 WP: Phil Hughes (16 - 6)
LP: Vin Mazzaro (6 - 7)
3 - 9 loss
Wed 09/01 WP: A.J. Burnett (10 - 12)
SV: Mariano Rivera
LP: Brett Anderson (3 - 6)
3 - 4 loss

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