Yankees Battle Athletics as Hot Streak Slows

Entering tonight’s game, the New York Yankees had been on a monumental hot streak. In their last 14 games, they won 13 times–all of which came in a row. Unfortunately, this streak came to an end last night against the Athletics. However, it’s impossible to win every game and last night’s loss was not representative of their recent play. Unfortunately, tonight’s game was not the one to restart a new hot streak, as they lost 3-1.

Yankees’ Offensive Efforts

Tonight’s game was largely devoid of offensive efforts for either team. The Athletics opened up scoring in the fourth inning when outfielder Mark Canha stepped up to the plate. With the bases loaded, Canha chopped a ground ball to third base. This resulted in a fielder’s choice. However, a fielding error allowed catcher Yan Gomes to come across home plate. This gave Oakland an early lead by the score of 1-0.

The Yankees’ offense was mostly dry for the majority of the game. However, it briefly came alive in the top of the seventh. With a full count, first baseman Anthony Rizzo hit a ball to third base. After a surprising error by defensive wunderkind Matt Chapman, Gary Sanchez was able to score from third. This tied the game at one run apiece.

While the Yankees were able to match Oakland’s offensive output to this point, the Athletics would not let the score stand for long. An inning later, in the bottom of the eighth, former All-Star Matt Kemp delivered for the A’s. Kemp swung at the first pitch he saw, a 95 mile-per-hour four-seam fastball, and took it deep. With Canha already on base this made the score 3-1, where it stayed for the remainder of the game.

Yankees’ Performance on the Hill

Both teams had a good showing on the mound tonight. Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery went a solid six innings, yielding six hits, no earned runs, all while striking out three batters. The Athletics countered this with a good outing from Paul Blackburn. He lasted five innings, giving up five hits and not yielding any earned runs. While he only struck out one batter, his efforts allowed the Athletics to get off to a head start and win the game.

The Yankees’ bullpen ultimately held up the rest of the game pretty well. Unfortunately, Chad Green became the scapegoat for the Bombers’ loss. Even though he only gave up two hits, they registered for two runs as he allowed Kemp’s big fly in the eighth. In contrast, Oakland’s bullpen was flawless, as they went the rest of the game without giving up a single hit.

Summary

Two consecutive losses are nothing for Yankee fans to stress over. After winning thirteen in a row, it is inevitable that they would drop a couple of games. Think of it as a type of hangover. With that being said, I expect them to get hot again soon, probably starting tomorrow night. Based on the way that they’ve been playing lately, we should be seeing the Yankees play deep into October this year.

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