Baseball Has a Problem. It’s All Strikeouts & Homers. Oakland 2 NY 0

Baseball has a problem:

  • The ball is clearly lively.  It MOVES when pitched.
  • Everybody and their mother strikes out 10 in 5 innings these days.
  • Pitching Ninja has become a cottage industry.
  • Throw in computer-aided positioning and the batting averages are at record LOWs.
  • Hit it and it’s gone. There is not a dearth of homeruns — many teams set their all-time record last year.
  • You just have to be the first team to hit it.

In this game, Oakland was.

Final score: Oakland 2 NY 0 on a 2-run homer in the 9th by Zach Gelof.

On a Monday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

“Credit to Gelof,” said manager Aaron Boone afterwards. “Two strikes, and he put a charge into one there.”

NY falls to 15-8. Oakland rises to 9-14.

1. Rodon Pitches 7 Shutout, 1-Hit Innings

Good news: Carlos Rodon looked good — hammering the weak-hitting Athletics for 7 shutout innings, allowing only 1 hit (in the 5th) and 2 walks, with 2 hit batters. He struck out 4.

Rodon lowers his ERA to 2.70.

2. Sears Pitches 6 Shutout, 3-Hit Innings

Old friend JP Sears was just as lights-out as Rodon, using an assortment of sweepers, changeups, and a 92-MPH four-seam fastball to baffle the Yanks. He allowed 3 hits and a walk and lowered his ERA to 3.38.

3. Hamilton Gets Thru Scare in 8th

Ian Hamilton gave Yankee fans a scare in the top of the 9th — with a 2-out single, walk, and hit by pitch to load the bases.

He then went 3-1 on Shea Langeliers, before coming back with 3 straight 95-MPH four-seam fastballs to strike him out PHEW.

4. Gonzalez Coughs Up HR in 9th

But in the top of the 9th, Yankee lefty Victor Gonzalez — who made the heroic defensive play to get the save the game before, wasn’t so lucky this time.

Same play — a little grounder between pitcher and 1st — this time Gonzalez slipped while trying to field it and the batter Abraham Toro was on.

Next batter Gelof hit a homer to right and Oakland had a seemingly insurmountable 2-0 lead.

5. Oakland Pen Strikes Out Everyone Too

After Sears left, Lucas Erceg pitched 2 no-hit, shutout innings, and then Mason Miller pitched the bottom of the 9th and struck out the side.

6. Fan Gets Boone Thrown Out!

A highlight of the day came in the 1st inning when Aaron Boone was ejected for arguing strikes by home plate ump Hunter Wendelstedt — but apparently Boone said nothing, it was a fan behind the dugout that was loudly complaining.


The only Yanks to get hits on the day were Anthony Volpe, Giancarlo Stanton, and Jose Trevino.

The Boxscore

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