Well, mark it on the calendar! The Oakland Athletics (winners of 59 games this season) have beaten the New York Yankees (winners of 77 games this season) in Yankee Stadium with their second consecutive victory, as Trevor Cahill spun a gem, Coco Crisp homered from both sides of the plate for the first time in his career, while racking up four hits and five RBI in the process; Sizemore would also go 4-4, Brian Fuentes was magical for three batters (as was De Los Santos, who got the win), and Bailey only allowed one run in his save.
Although he would not get the win, Cahill pitched much better than he has in his past few starts. In six plus strong innings, he allowed seven hits and two runs while striking out six. The A's would take him off the hook for the loss with a comeback in the eighth, and would eventually win the game in extra innings.
Coco Crisp faced CC Sabathia right-handed in his first at-bat, and he took the first pitch he saw out of the ballpark to give the A's a 1-0 lead. They would lead until the third inning, when Gardner singled and stole second. On a pitch-out. Jeter would single him in to tie the game.
Suzuki helped Cahill out of a jam in the fourth; with runners at second and third and one out, Suzuki alertly picked up what looked like a foul ball and threw it to first for the out. It was determined that the ball was, indeed, fair, and the Yankees were turned away again.
All was quiet until the sixth inning, when IT'S POSITIVELY SWISH-A-LICIOUS hit a homerun to give the Yankees the 2-1 lead. But it was the seventh inning that really was the difference in the game. Cahill allowed a double and a bunt single to put runners on first and third with no one out and was promptly replaced by Brian Fuentes.
In order: pop-up, line-out, fly-out, keeping the A's within one run. And they would reward him; a Suzuki single, a Sizemore double, and a Crisp single in the eighth put the A's in charge of the see-saw, taking the lead at 3-2, and putting Fuentes in line for the win.
But this is Yankee Stadium, and one should not throw 3-1 pitches to Mark "IT'S A TEXT MESSAGE" Teixeira. Balfour missed the memo, and gave up a game-tying homerun in the eighth.
I was sure the Yankees would win in the bottom of the ninth, but De Los Santos was awesome, striking out two of the three batters he faced en route to extra innings. He would be rewarded with the win, as the A's started the tenth inning with a one-out single from Pennington, a single from Sizemore, and and first pitch BOMB by Coco Crisp, now batting left-handed. With the three run lead, the A's were set. Bailey gave up one more run to IT'S POSITIVELY SWISH-A-LICIOUS, but luckily it was a solo shot.
And there it is; A's go for the sweep in the morning. Wake up with the A's, 10AM start!
Athletics lead the series 2-0
WP: Brandon McCarthy (7 - 6)
SV: Andrew Bailey
LP: Bartolo Colon (8 - 8)
|6 - 5 win|
WP: Fautino De Los Santos (2 - 0)
SV: Andrew Bailey
LP: Rafael Soriano (2 - 2)
|6 - 4 win|