With the New York Yankees in town the Oakland A’s sensational pitching staff has had quite a litmus test as to how they’ll fare against upper echelon clubs; and for the second day in a row, Yankees hitters won the battle. Brett Anderson got roughed up, Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano each hit two run homers, and the Yankees crushed the A’s by a score of 10-3 at the Coliseum this evening.
Anderson (L 3-5) had one of his roughest outings of the year, lasting online five and 1/3 innings while giving up nine earned runs on 11 hits with only three strikeouts and three walks. From there the bullpen succeeded in shutting down New York’s potent offense, holding them to only one run the rest of the game. But the damage had been done, and the A’s seemingly could do nothing about it.
David Dejesus hit a two run blast of his own in the fifth as well as an RBI single in the third, the entire offensive output for Oakland this evening. The only other A’s with multiple hits were Mark Ellis, 2-4 with a double, and Andy LaRoche, 2-3 with a triple. Besides that, not much going on with the lumber at the Coliseum for the A’s as they stranded seven baserunner’s on the bags tonight.
Freddy Garcia (W 4-4) pitched well for the Bombers, going for a full seven innings allowing three runs on nine hits with two walks and five punch outs.
With the loss the A’s move to 27-29 on the year. Full box score can be found here.
Oakland will finish up their series with the Yankees tomorrow as Gio Gonzalez (5-2 2.17 ERA) will take the mound to fave A.J. Burnett (5-3 3.99 ERA) for the Yankees. First pitch is scheduled for 12:35 p.m. PT Wednesday with coverage on CSN California and Sports Radio 95.7 FM.