Yankees lose weekend series to Oakland Athletics

boone-loganIn three close games, the Yankees dropped two out of three to the Athletics at Yankee Stadium over the weekend.

FRIDAY (2-0 Loss)

CC Sabathia held the Athletics to just two runs over six innings and Adam Warren pitched three shutout innings after that, but the Yankees offense was shutout for the second time this season.

A.J. Griffin shut the Yankees down over seven innings and the bullpen handled the final two innings. Only Robinson Cano and Jayson Nix had extra base hits.

SATURDAY (4-2 Win)

Saturday was all about Phil Hughes who dominated over eight innings. His line: 8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K, 0 HR. That makes three homerless starts in a row, something he did just once last year.

Chris Stewart and Lyle Overbay each hit solo homers and Travis Hafner and Brett Gardner had RBI-singles that made it 4-0. The A’s got two in the ninth, but Mariano Rivera kept it from getting out of hand.

SUNDAY (5-4 Loss)

The Yankees battled back from a 4-1 deficit to tie it at 4-4 in the sixth, but Josh Donaldson homered in the eighth off of Boone Logan to win the game for the A’s.

Ichiro Suzuki drove in one and scored another in the three-run rally in the sixth, but the Yankees got nothing after that. Andy Pettitte really struggled for the second start in a row. His line: 5 IP,  4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 2 HR. Preston Claiborne made his major league debut. He tossed two perfect innings.

Eduardo Nunez left the game early on Sunday. Afterward Joe Girardi called it a ribcage irritation. He had a MRI that came back negative, but he might not be ready to play by Tuesday.

WHO’S HOT

The Yankees offense hit a weak .232/.269/.374 over the weekend. Brett Gardner was the hottest hitter of the group as he went 5-for-13. Robinson Cano also hit well going 4-for-12. Lyle Overbay was also notable going 3-for-10 with a home run.

WHO’S NOT

Gardner, Cano and Overbay accounted for 12 of the Yankees 23 hits which means there were a lot of other players struggling. Vernon Wells was the worst at 2-for-13. Travis Hafner went just 2-for-10, Eduardo Nunez 1-for-8.

(May 4, 2013 - Source: Nick Laham/Getty Images North America)

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