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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Starlin Castro #14 of the New York Yankees doubles to left in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium on April 19, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Yankees Game 12: Struggling offense disappears in extra innings

Oakland Athletics 3 – New York Yankees 2 (11 innings)

The series of struggling offenses began when the Oakland A’s visited the Yankees.

After a scoreless first inning by Michael Pineda, the Yankees generated a two-out rally against A’s starter Eric Surkamp. Carlos Beltran put a double into left field and Mark Teixeira followed with a walk. Alex Rodriguez made the most of the extended inning by hitting a single to left field, scoring Beltran and giving the Yankees the lead.

In need of a shut down inning, Pineda got two outs around a pair of singles but a run-scoring single by Marcus Semien tied the game. The Yankees put a runner on base in the third and fourth inning but a fifth inning rally reclaimed the lead. Leading off the inning, Didi Gregorius hit a single, unfortunately he was caught stealing when he left early on a 3-2 count. Brett Gardner followed with a walk and Starlin Castro drilled a double into left field to put two in scoring position. Carlos Beltran came through with the productive out when he hit a sacrifice fly to right field. In hindsight, Gregorius caught stealing cost the Yankees a run.

After working around a one-out triple in the fifth inning, Pineda had a second attempt at a shut down inning. Unfortunately, a lead off triple is difficult to work around. Following a strikeout with the infield back, the infield was drawn in, looking to prevent the tying run from scoring but a single got through, tying the game yet again.

In six innings, Michael Pineda allowed two runs on seven hits with a walk and seven strikeouts. Overall, a good night but the two runs surrendered came after the offense provided a lead.

Chasen Shreve pitched a scoreless seventh inning with assistance from stellar Didi Gregorius defense. In the eighth inning, Dellin Betances looked human briefly when he gave up a pair of hits but he also showed vintage Betances stuff, striking out two.

After Andrew Miller pitched a scoreless ninth inning, Chase Headley led off with a single. He was pinch-run for with Jacoby Ellsbury. The speedy outfielder made an attempt at getting into scoring position but was caught stealing. Brett Gardner followed with a strikeout to end the inning and the last rally for the Yankees offense.

In the second inning of work for Johnny Barbato, the A’s got a one-out double by Jed Lowrie. After a ground out moved Lowrie to third, Mark Canha ripped a line drive that deflected off the glove of Didi Gregorius, giving the A’s the lead that they ultimately carried into victory after 11 innings.


Win – Fernando Rodriguez (1-0)

Loss – Johnny Barbato (1-1)

Save – Ryan Madson (5)




*Mark Canha – 1 for 4, RBI (2)

*Jed Lowrie – 4 for 5, 2 R, 2B, RBI (9)


*Alex Rodriguez – 2 for 5, RBI (5)

*Carlos Beltran – 1 for 4, R, 2B, RBI (8)


Current Yankees Record: 6-6