OAKLAND — For the second night in a row, the Yankees fell short in Oakland. Losing tonight’s game 6-4, it has not been an ideal start to the West Coast road trip for the Bombers.
Luckily for New York, Houston also lost, 2-1 in Detroit, as the Yankees continue to hold a two game lead for the American League’s best record.
The Yankees started out well tonight, opening the scoring with a Mike Tauchman RBI-single in the second inning. It all came falling apart, however, in the bottom half of the frame.
Like he has all year, J.A. Happ struggled yet again with the long ball, giving up two-run shots in both the second and third innings. The first was to the struggling Khris Davis, while the second was a slider crushed by Marcus Semien that extended the A’s lead to 4-1.
After Chad Green let one of his inherited runners score, Happ’s final line read four hits, five earned runs, and two walks in just four innings of work. It just hasn’t been a year to remember for the left-hander.
The Yankees had their chances to come back but were unable to get the job done. In the sixth inning, with the bases loaded, only a Tauchman sac fly drove in a run after Cameron Maybin struckout to end the frame.
Again in the eighth, the Yankees put two men in scoring position with just one out. Liam Hendriks, though, came out of the Oakland bullpen and struckout DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge to end the threat.
Mike Ford hit a home run earlier, along with a Didi Gregorius RBI-double to cut the lead to 6-4, but that was as close as New York could get.