By: Malaika Bobino
Oakland, CA – It was another epic day at the Coliseum. The Yankees better known as the “Bronx Bombers” were silenced once again. This time the bombs were dropped by the A’s who recorded their eleventh walk-off win of the season.
Oakland rallied back from what seemed like an a hole too deep to climb out of. But just like the last three games, a new hero emerged for the 5-4 victory over New York. Another late inning thriller that came in extra innings.
“It just felt like if we get a guy to second base and have the right hitter up there, like we did with Coco today, that something would happen,” manager Bob Melvin said. “When I saw [Jemile] Weeks bunt, now we’re at second, it kind of dawned on me, we got the right guy coming to the plate.”
In the 12th inning, with the game tied, Crisp knocked a single over Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano to drive in Derek Norris for the wining run. Norris advanced to second on Weeks bunt attempt.
“It definitely feels good to battle and be victorious against the best teams, on paper, in the game,” said Coco. “You can look up and down a lot of lineups like Detroit or the Angels, the teams with high payrolls. Obviously they have high payrolls for a reason, because the players on the team deserve it. When we battle those teams and come away with wins, it’s definitely a great feeling.”
New York jumped to a early 3-0 lead in the third frame. Bartolo Colon gave up three back-to-back singles to load the bases with no outs. Mark Teixeira hit a RBI single and Alex Rodriguez followed with a two-run double. Then Curtis Granderson blasted a solo home run in the fourth to extend their lead.
It was clear the stellar pitching from the last three games did not fall upon Colon. In 6 2/3 innings he surrendered eight hits, four runs (all earned), one walk, five strikeouts and one home run. Fortunately for the A’s, their team effort secured the win.
“It’s tough. It’s tough to lose four games regardless of how it looks,” Derek Jeter said. “You know we were playing pretty good coming in here. Those guys have been playing good. They beat us four games, that’s all you can say. They’ve been playing well, they continue to play well and they’re playing with a lot of confidence.”
Brandon Inge who was “hot” in yesterday’s game blasted his second home run of the series to leadoff the fifth. Kurt Suzuki followed with a solo home run in the same inning cutting the lead in half. Suzuki snapped a career-high 78 game homerless streak and 17 games without an RBI.
“You would think you could tack on some runs,” said manager Joe Girardi. “That was the thing. We weren’t able to tack on runs and we let them stay around. That was part of the problem.”
Seth Smith recorded his 11th home run in the ninth and tied the game. Through extra innings, the Yankees bullpen slowed Oakland down but that didn’t last. Bottom of the 12th Jeter’s miscue on the single that put the winning run on base was the end for the Yankees.
“It just kicked up,” Derek explained. “It hugged the ground pretty much the whole way and bounced at the last second.”
The A’s have gone 5-1 in the homestead against two of the best teams with the two best records in baseball. They swept New York for the first time since 1972. Oakland also recorded a Major League best in the amount of walk-off wins this season and still maintain the best record for the month of July.
“We ran into the Green Machine over there,” said Rodriguez. “Those guys are playing good ball, playing good baseball, pitching well. Everything they’re doing is working out well for them. That last inning they get an infield hit, a one-out sacrifice, which you don’t see very often and a first-pitch base hit that kind of epitomizes how they’re going.”