With the bullpen overtaxed from a 14 inning game the day before, the Yankees needed Hiroki Kuroda to step up and go deep into the game, but unfortunately that didn’t happen as the Oakland Athletics beat the Yankees 5-4 to avoid getting swept.
It was a disappointing game because after falling behind 3-0 the Yankees battled back to go ahead 4-3 only to watch Kuroda give up the lead again. The Yankees used eight relievers the day before, but he didn’t help the bullpen out and only lasted 5.2 innings. The bullpen came in and did a strong job but it was too little too late as the Yankees offense failed to score again.
Kuroda is now in a bit of a slump. Over his last six games he has a 4.91 ERA and opponents have a .759 OPS against him.
The Yankees got all of their runs from a four-run fourth that was highlighted by a two-run homer from Nick Swisher and a RBI-double from Raul Ibanez. The other run was scored by Russell Martin off a ground out by Eduardo Nunez. The Yankees got runners in scoring position in three of the next five innings, but failed to capitalize on any opportunity.
Speaking of Nunez, he was terrible in the field as he committed two errors. The first one was a two-base throwing error that came after an awkward spin move where he would have been better off holding on to the ball. That run came around and cost the Yankees. His second error didn’t end up changing the score, but it was another ugly throwing error. He’s worse than Chuck Knoblauch was in 2000.
So the Yankees seven game winning streak comes to an end. It was a nice run. Luckily, the Orioles six game winning streak also came to an end and they remain one game behind the Yankees in the AL East. This was the Yankees final game this season against an opponent with a record above .500. They have 10 games left against the Twins, Blue Jays, and Red Sox.