It was a beautiful night for baseball in the Bronx. A beautiful night to go into extra innings for the first time this season. A beautiful night to lose apparently, too.
Michael Pineda got the start for the first game of this midweek series against the visiting Athletics. He threw a pretty decent outing overall — 97 pitches over his 6 innings, giving up 7 hits, a walk, and 2 runs, and nicely striking out 7 Oakland batters. In the 2nd, with 2 outs and 2 runners on base, a single scored Oakland’s first run. And a lead-off triple in the 6th scored on a 1-out single. But after Pineda’s night was over, the Yankees handed things over to the terrible trio — Shreve-Betances-Miller, who plowed through the Athletics lineup. Miller giving the best outing in the 9th inning with just 8 pitches.
On the other side of things, Oakland’s pitchers seemed to match the Yankee’s in many ways. The starter giving up 7 hits and 2 runs to Yankees’ batters in the first 6 innings. In the 1st, Carlos Beltran hit a nice 2-out double, moved to 2nd on Teixeira’s walk, and then scored on Alex Rodriguez’s single. And in the 5th, with 1 out and Gardner and Castro in scoring position with a walk and a double, Beltran’s sacrifice fly scored Gardner.
So the Yankees were all tied up from the mid-6th inning right on through the relievers of both teams. Like I said, the pitching staff seemed to be matched pretty evenly tonight on both sides. And with a failed attempt at a 9th inning rally, the game went into extra innings.
Johnny Barbato pitching for the Yankees and breezing through the 10th inning. It was his 11th inning that was a bit sticky. A 1-out double moved to 3rd on a ground out and then scored on an RBI single before the Yankees ended the inning with a nice pick-off (almost a rundown really). But the Yankees weren’t able to come back and stage any last-minute rally, and thus dropped Game 1 of this series.
Final score: 3-2 Athletics in 11 innings.
There’s 5 more games in the Bronx in this homestand, and the Yankees need to pull it together and win some of these.
Trivia note: Beltran’s double in the 2nd actually tied him with another great Yankee Babe Ruth on the all-time doubles list at 506 career doubles. Not bad company to be in at all.