By: Malaika Bobino
Oakland, CA – Not sure if the Yankees expected a group of young pitchers to shut them down but looks like they have no answers for the soaring A’s. As always it’s a collective effort from all in determining the fate of their destiny and tonight another victory was recorded.
Oakland continued to shock many with their late rallies and this time the unsung hero was Brandon Inge. The A’s defeated New York 2-1 and much to the dismay of the Yankees, they can’t figure out how to stop them.
“The part of our team that has been getting overlooked is absolutely our pitching staff,” said Inge. “They have been incredible! Really, honestly, they’re the glue that’s held us together through this whole thing. It’s amazing that they’re doing such a good job, that they’re flying under the radar.”
Despite New York’s lineup which is loaded with power hitters. They have not produced many hits against the young A’s pitchers. Yankees second base Robinson Cano 23 game hitting streak end after closer Sean Doolittle struck him out first before the next two batters.
“It happens… Can’t really explain it,” Phil Hughes said. “Normally we play really well in this building but their guys have been pitching extremely well. There’s nothing really to say other than that.”
Oakland was off to another good start as Jarrod Parker did not disappoint coming behind great pitching from both A.J. Griffin and Tommy Milone. Lasting eight innings, he surrendered five hits, gave up one run, walked one and struck out five.
That one hit went to Derek Jeter to leadoff the first with a single. Parker struck out the next batter but what was most memorable was Jemile Weeks leaping snag off Alex Rodriguez’s line drive. It brought “oohs and aaahhhs” from the 28,142 fans.
“I felt pretty good with my stuff,” said Jarrod. “I took in from the bullpen, was able to attack, throw strikes and kinda threw off my heater all night.”
New York got their first run in the fourth when Raul Ibanez hit an RBI single. But Yoenis Cespedes blasted a solo home run to tie the game 1-1 bottom of the fourth frame. Cespedes extended his career-high hitting streak to nine games.
What seemed to be a quiet stretch since the fourth inning, Brandon’s home run sparked the crowd who rose to it’s feet when he leadoff the eighth. Coco Crisp followed with an unbelievable play when he jumped off first base and got trapped.
Crisp “bobbed and weaved” between three Yankees players to make it safely back to first. But a few seconds later, he got caught stealing to end the inning.
“What can you say?” Inge explained. “What you guys see is what we feel right now. We’re having a blast and I think that’s leading a lot to the way we’re playing.”