Friday, June 16, 2017
A back-and-forth affair at the Coliseum went in favor of the A’s, who staved off the Yankees with a walk-off, two-run single from Khris Davis in the 10th inning to claim an 8-7 series-opening victory on Thursday night.
The rally against Yankees right-hander Giovanny Gallegos began with two outs, when Rajai Davis singled and Chad Pinder followed with a double. New York elected to intentionally walk Jed Lowrie, who stepped to the plate a double shy of hitting for the cycle, and instead faced Khris Davis, who sent a flare over shortstop Didi Gregorius for the game-winning hit.
This, after the Yankees had erased four A’s leads, with Gary Sanchez and Chris Carter each recording a pair of game-tying hits, and Starlin Castro recording a go-ahead sacrifice fly against Liam Hendriks in the 10th.
Not even Yankees.com did its job right tonight, as they still don’t have a game wrap up, so I had to use the A’s one.
Anyhow, there have been few days in recent memory that went worse for the Yankees than today. The day opened with CC Sabathia going on the disabled list. It followed by the news before the game that Greg Bird’s rehab is going to basically be shut down for a while as he has had a setback, making it a wonder when we’ll ever see him this season. Then tonight’s game, where the Yankees were playing without Adam Warren, Jonathan Holder or Chasen Shreve being available, so of course they went to extra innings. They came back to tie the game every inning from the 5th through the 9th inning, but the A’s answered each time until the ninth. Then, in the 10th, the Yankees took the lead but had Gio Gallegos in to close since Dellin Betances threw 25 pitches. Gallegos got the first two batters and then gave up a single to Rajai Davis and then a single to Clay Pinder that Aaron Judge played into a double (Davis could have easily scored had he known how poorly Judge played it). Jed Lowrie was having a monster game, so they intentionally walked him and then Khris Davis hit a pop up that a good second baseman catches, but Starlin Castro is not a good second baseman and so the game was over.
Okay, so we’ve already got CC going on the DL, Bird having a setback and the game being an agonizing loss. Let’s add to that! So Gary Sanchez hurt himself in the 9th inning and Aaron Hicks hurt himself earlier. They both left the game. So…well…fuck.
Luis Severino, dude, we seriously need some good times going again on Friday.
By the way, silver lining time - they battled back like a mofo tonight. Good for them.
EDITED TO ADD: Trap muscle injury for Adam Warren, Abductor muscle injury for Sanchez and Achilles injury for Hicks. Those last two do not sound good.