Yanks Can’t Beat Oakland? Aug 30, 2019: Oakland 8 NY 2

Another game another loss to Oakland. That’s four straight. Three straight close loses in Oakland last weekend, and in this game at the Stadium — Gleyber Torres bobblehead night — the Yanks had a 2-1 lead through 5 innings but then Tommy Kahnle got roughed up and that was ballgame.

The Yanks could not manufacture many runs against Oakland starter Brett Anderson and the A’s bullpen of Yusmeiro Petit and Blake Treinen. Meanwhile, bizarrely, reliever Cory Gearrin — released by the Seattle Mariners a week ago — has somehow become a mainstay in the middle of the Yankee pen. He pitched an inning allowing 3 hits and 2 runs in the 7th to put the game out of reach, and then the A’s got 2 off Nestor Cortes Jr.in the 9th for the lopsided win.

Through 5 innings it was looking good for the Yankees. CC Sabathia started and was looking good (a solo homer to 2nd baseman Jurickson Profar — his 18th) but had to leave after 3 innings after knee pain.  Luis Cessa came in and pitched great — pitching 2 scoreless innings — getting 4 outs in the 5th (the first grounder turned into a baserunner due to a Didi Gregorius error).

After the game, CC said he felt a lot of pain at one point after a pitch. The plan is to drain it, give it a cortisone shot, and then rest it. He hopes to pitch again this season.

The Yankees did not capitalize as much as they could have on two early chances to score more runs in this game. In the 3rd inning they loaded the bases with 1 out, but scored just 1 run on a groundout by Didi Gregorius. Gary Sanchez made the final out with 2nd and 3rd.

Luke Voit was back for this game after being out several weeks — and he got 2 hits and scored the Yankees 2nd run when Mike Tauchman grounded into an apparent double play in the bottom of the 4th. But both outs of the double play were reversed by challenge.

DJ LeMahieu walked to load the bases but Aaron Judge grounded out to end the inning.


Aaron Judge went 2 for 4 to raise his average to .280. A silver lining. That average would place him 25th in the American League if he had enough at bats to qualify.

DJ LeMahieu went 1 for 3 to keep his average at .335 and take over the lead again in batting average in the American League — Houston’s Michael Brantley is at .333.

Before the game the Yankees announced Gio Urshela was put on the 10-day Injured List due to the tightness in his groin he felt the game before. Urshela, batting .331, was “that close” to qualifying for the league leaders. This will now put him back (10 games) x (3.1 plate appearances) = 33 plate appearances — meaning when he comes back he’ll need 16 more games of 5 plate appearances to ‘catch up’.

This was Gleyber Torres bobblehead night at Yankee Stadium. The bobblehead was going for $34.95 on EBay immediately.

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