Sunday, June 18, 2017
Matt Joyce homered on the first pitch Masahiro Tanaka threw, and the A’s didn’t let up on the Yankees’ starter, going deep three times and handing the American League East leaders their fifth straight loss with a 5-2 win Saturday afternoon at the Coliseum.
Ryon Healy added the other two homers off Tanaka, who lasted only four innings. He allowed five runs on eight hits, though he struck out 10.
Well, at least this loss was over with pretty quickly. I still can’t believe Tanaka managed to strike out ten batters in FOUR innings and yet still gave up five runs. That’s kind of insane.
Gary Sanchez was able to pinch-hit in the ninth, so that’s good news. Hopefully he’ll be able to play tomorrow and hopefully Aaron Hicks will be back. It would be nice for them to put out a real lineup.
The A’s have a bad pitcher going tomorrow (although he actually no-hit the Yankees through five innings last time he faced them), so hopefully the good times can get going again, but the Yankees are countering with Luis Cessa (who Yankees.com bizarrely said will be making his first Major League start tomorrow, despite him starting NINE games last year), so that does not bode well for the Yankees.
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