By: Malaika Bobino
Oakland, CA – It’s the best start this franchise has seen since 1990. The Oakland A’s continue their winning ways without two of their top starters. Yet once again, one never knows whose night it will be because with this team, everyone shines.Tonight Bandon Moss went deep twice to back Dan Straily for the 5-2 win over the New York Yankees. Another night of stellar pitching from the A’s, Straily went 6 2/3 innings allowing two runs on three hits. He walked one and struck out three.“I’ll take that,” Moss said. “If your able to contribute and drive in runs when you do connect, it’s definitely better off than getting your singles.”
Brandon got the offense going when he hit a two-run homer in the second for the 2-0 lead. The Yankees bats were quiet despite being known as the “Bronx Bombers”. And their starter Phil Hughes didn’t last past four innings after surrendering three runs off four hits.
“I didn’t really have good command of anything,” said Hughes. “Their approach was to be patient tonight, and on a night when I didn’t have good command. I was in a lot of bad counts and couldn’t really find anything to put guys away with.”
The contribution from guys who had been benched due to that last five games being faced by left-handed pitchers were ready to showcase their talents. Without Yoenis Cespedes and Coco Crisp, guys really stepped up when they needed.
John Jaso doubled, singled, walked and drove in two runs. Seth Smith got a free pass in his next four trips to the plate after hitting a single in his first at-bat. And Eric Sogard stole two bases and scored twice.
“It’s big to do this tonight,” said Moss. “Our MVPs so far have probably been Josh Donaldson and Coco. And Cespedes has really been coming on lately, swinging great. It hurts to be without them, so it feels really good to win.”
Brandon now has five hits in his last 40 at-bats and all five have been home runs. After hitting his 11th home run in the eighth on a fly ball to center field, New York had nothing left. Hard to imagine Moss hadn’t started since Wednesday due to so many left-handed pitchers.
“To do that in this park, at night, in the eighth inning (when the ball tends not to travel), that impressive,” Josh Reddick said. “To hit the ball halfway up the batting eye, to do it here in Oakland, that’s no easy feat.”
The Yankees once again rallied back but that wasn’t enough. Mark Teixeira’s sacrifice fly in the six put them on the board. And Jayson Nix RBI single cut the lead down to one in the seventh. Ichiro Suzuki was the only player with more than one hit for New York.
“That’s too much. We’re the Bronx Bombers,” said Teixeria. But give them credit, this is not really a home run hitting ball park anyway. Neither is Seattle, for that matter. We just haven’t gotten it done.”