After the New York Yankees dominated the Blue Jays in a much-needed sweep on Friday, the Yankees traveled back to the Bronx to play the red-hot Oakland Athletics.
Friday, June 18th – Game 1, Yankees Lose 5-3
Jameson Taillon had his 13th start of the season and improved since his last outing. In the first inning, Taillon gave up a solo home run to Tony Kemp with one out. In the 3rd inning, Elvis Andrus hit a double towards center field and Mark Canha hit an RBI single to give the Athletics a 2-0 lead. Taillon kept the A’s scoreless until the 5th inning when he was relieved by Wandy Peralta. His final stat line was 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, and 5 SO. Peralta finished the inning but ran into trouble in the 6th. Peralta was one out away from ending the inning but gave up two singles to Matt Chapman and Sean Murphy. Kemp would then take him deep for a three-run home run and give the Athletics a 5-3 lead. Lucas Luetge and Luis Cessa came in the game and pitched three scoreless innings from the bullpen.
The offense struggled in this game as they only had four total hits. Three of the four hits only came against the Athletics starter, James Kaprielian who was previously a Yankees prospect. In the 3rd inning, Brett Gardner walked and DJ LeMahieu hit a clutch two-run home run to tie the ballgame at two. The Yankees then took the lead in the 5th inning from a Rougned Odor solo home run. Those two home runs would be the only offense from the Yankees in this game. The Oakland Athletics won 5-3.
Saturday, June 19th – Game 2, Yankees Win 7-5
Domingo German started this game and struggled against the Athletics. In the 1st inning, German gave up a solo home run to Tony Kemp and eventually another to Matt Chapman in the 4th. During the 5th inning, German had the bases loaded with no outs and gave up a two-run single to Matt Olson to give the A’s a 4-1 lead. German’s final stat line was 4 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, and 6 SO. With no outs and runners on 1st and 3rd, Nestor Cortes Jr finished that 5th inning scoreless. He did an outstanding job, pitching three scoreless innings while giving up just one hit and one walk. In the 8th inning, Chad Green struck out the side. With a three-run lead in the 9th, Aroldis Chapman only gave up one run from an RBI single by Ramon Laureano. He would then strike out Matt Chapman to end the game.
The Yankees offense came back in the late innings against the Athletics. In the 4th inning, Gio Urshela hit an RBI single, scoring Aaron Judge from 2nd base. Gary Sanchez continued to show consistency and stayed hot with a long solo home run and the Yankees trailed 4-2 in the 6th. In the 7th inning, Judge hit an RBI single to center field as Clint Frazier scored from 2nd base. Sanchez walked and Giancarlo Stanton also hit an RBI single that scored Judge from 2nd base, tying the game at two. In the 8th inning, Urshela hit a clutch home run to center field which sparked the offense even more. Chris Gittens and Frazier walked before DJ LeMahieu hit a two-run single towards left field, scoring both runners. The Yankees won this game 7-5 as the bullpen and offense combined for a comeback win.
Sunday, June 20th – Game 3, Yankees Win 2-1
Jordan Montgomery had a great outing during this game but it resulted in his 10th no decision of the year. His only earned run came from a solo home run from Matt Olson in the 1st inning. He went four full innings with only one hit and one walk. In the 6th inning, Montgomery struggled against the Athletics offense. He walked Mark Canha and gave up a single to Olson, knocking him out of the game. His final stat line was 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, and 6 SO. Jonathan Loaisiga came into the game and finished the 6th and 7th inning scoreless. Lucas Luetge pitched a scoreless 8th inning as the Athletics couldn’t take advantage of a triple from Matt Chapman. In the 9th inning, Aroldis Chapman closed out this game with the Yankees’ 2nd triple play of the week and their 3rd of the year!
The offense was shut down with only two hits and no runs until the 6th inning against Sean Manaea. Clint Frazier and Aaron Judge walked with one out. Gary Sanchez then hit a two-run double towards the right field to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead. The offense only had three hits in this pitcher duel but got the win against the Athletics 2-1 from great pitching and Sanchez’s clutch hitting.
The New York Yankees won their series against the Oakland Athletics and will now start a new three-game series against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday. The Yankees are now 5-1 in their last six games and the offense has woken up. It’s all about staying consistent now until the All-Star break. You can watch this upcoming series on the YES Network or listen to WFAN Radio.