Robinson Cano broke the Yankees five game homerless drought with a two run shot in the first inning that gave them a 2-0 lead. That was literally it though and it was really sad. Mark Teixeira, Travis Hafner, Kevin Youkilis and Vernon Wells, the 4-5-6-7 hitters, went a combined 0-for-28 with 12 strikeouts.
Meanwhile, the Yankees got some impressive pitching performances. Hiroki Kuroda started and gave up just two runs over eight innings. Joe Girardi blew through three relievers before Adam Warren tossed six shutout innings before he was lifted for Preston Claiborne.
Claiborne was on the mound to start the 18th inning. He got the leadoff batter before he allowed a single and was relieved by Mariano Rivera. Mo gave up a single to the first batter he faced, but it looked like Wells had a play at third to get the lead runner except he inexplicably held on to the ball. The next batter was intentionally walked and Nate Freiman then singled to win the game.
The second, in the fifteenth inning, the A’s nearly had a walk-off win when Coco Crisp singled to left with a runner on second base, but Stewart amazingly hung on to the ball during a nasty collision at the plate with Brandon Moss. He was hit so hard that initially it looked like he could have a concussion, but he stayed in the game and played all 18 innings.
• There’s more to say, but I don’t feel like it. That was nearly a six hour game and frustrating to watch the offense perform so poorly. Just realize that this was only one game. Yes, the offense has been terrible for a while now, but it will get better. Maybe they can promote Thomas Neal, Ronnier Mustelier, or Zoilo Almonte to give them a little boost until they can get some players off the DL. With a trade or two this could still be a decent team down the stretch. I’m not trying to paint an overly rosy picture. I’m just trying to keep some from jumping off the ledge.
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