At Least Greg Weissert Pitched Well. Oakland 4 NY 1

The Yankees got no-hit into the 5th inning by rookie Adrian Martinez, who entered the game with a 2-3 6.08 record — and only got 4 hits and a run on the afternoon in losing to Oakland 4-1.

NY starter Clarke Schmidt didn’t pitch well — allowing 4 runs on 8 hits in 4.1 innings.

But at least rookie Greg Weissert had a good day — 2 shutout, no-hit innings, striking out 3 — to eradicate his horrific first performance in the Majors on Friday when he hit 2 batters and walked 2 of the 5 batters he faced.

“You got to tip your hat sometimes,” said Aaron Judge afterwards. “They have some good pitchers over there that made pitches when they had to, and kept us a bit off balance the last couple of days. The other night we got 20 hits so I don’t think we’re too far off.”

NY falls to 78-50 — splitting the 4-game series in Oakland, and are now only 7.5 games over Tampa, 9 over Toronto, and 10.5 over Baltimore. Oakland improved to 48-81.

1. Schmidt Got Beat Up

Clarke Schmidt got the first 2 outs of the 1st inning, but then single, double (by Stephen Vogt), single (by Aramis Garcia) and it was 2-0 Oakland.

Schmidt pitched a shutout 2nd, but in the 3rd, a double, single, strikeout, single, strikeout, single made it 4-0 Oakland.

Schmidt pitched a shutout 4th and got the first out of the 5th (a strikeout of Shea Langeliers) before getting relieved.

“Just a little scattered,” said manager Aaron Boone of Schmidt afterwards. “Some of his misses with 2 strikes were bigger misses. I thought he had a little bit of a hard time reigning it all in. He was throwing strikes for the most part but not the strikes he wanted to. I thought he did a good job of corralling and finishing strong. But just a little bit scattered with his stuff.”

Schmidt did throw a nasty knuckle curve in the 3rd that got JonBoy of YES network excited.

2. Hicks Breaks Up No Hitter

Adrian Martinez threw the ball well. “He’s got a good arm,” said Boone afterwards of Martinez. “The sinker/slider and that changeup were playing well today.”

The Yanks were getting no-hit again entering the 5th inning, when with 2 outs, Aaron Hicks worked the count to 3-2 then singled to center. Hicks went to 2nd on a wild pitch by Martinez, and Kyle Higashioka singled to center to score Hicks. Oakland 4 NY 1.

3. At Least Weissert Pitched Well

Greg Weissert pitched 2 shutout, no-hit innings, striking out 3 batters in his 2nd Major League appearance. It was redemption for his horrific first outing in the Major Leagues on Friday night when he hit 2 batters and walked 2 of the 5 men he faced.

Weissert could sleep well after this one.

4. NY Made it 4-2 But DJ Out on Challenge Play

The Yankees temporarily had the score at 4-2 in the 6th when Giancarlo Stanton and Anthony Rizzo hit back-to-back 1-out singles, and DJ LeMahieu hit a weak grounder between 1st and 2nd — and 2nd baseman Sheldon Neuse missing the tag on Rizzo but got the out at 1st — scoring the run and it was Oakland 4 NY 2.

But Oakland challenged the play — saying the tag was made. The umps overturned the call — the out was made and the inning was over — Oakland still led 4-1.

In the 7th, Hicks worked a 2-out walk, and moved to 2nd on a wild pitch again — this time by reliever Joel Payamps — but Higgy grounded out to end the threat.

The Yanks got a baserunner in the 8th when Andrew Benintendi got on with an error but didn’t score, and in the 9th, A.J. Puk retired the side in order for the old ballgame.

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