Offense struggles yet again in marathon loss to the Athletics

Cano was the only offensive highlight.

Cano was the only offensive highlight.

In the series finale against the Oakland Athletics, the Yankees lost 3-2 in 18 innings. Oakland swept the Yankees in the three-game set, as their offense continues to struggle. The Yankees have not scored more than four runs since their 6-1 win over the Mariners. They have gone 2-4 since then.

The Yankees had many opportunities to win the game as they left 11 runners on base from the 10th until the 14th inning. In the 11th, they had the bases loaded and were unable to score, and in the 13th, the Yankees had runners on first and second with no outs and failed to get a clutch hit.

The only runs of the game for the Yankees would be when Robinson Cano hit a homer that scored Brett Gardner in the first. Then, the Yankees would combine for the equivalent of two games of scoreless baseball.

Mark Teixeira, Travis Hafner and Kevin Youkilis, who were the four, five and six hitters, respectively, combined to go 0-20 with nine strikeouts. Those three, who should be relied upon to drive in runs, also combined to  leave 17 batters on base. They will have to start to hit in the series against the Angels.

It is alarming that they have lost their last three games against the Athletics because they are now 14-19 against teams that currently have a winning record. It is a positive sign that they are able to beat teams under .500, but the Yankees have to be able to swing the bats in order to make the playoffs. They are currently in a half-a-game behind behind the Orioles and Rangers for the Wild-Card and 3.0 games behind the Red Sox for first place in the AL East.

Hiroki Kuroda had yet another dominating performance as he  allowed only two runs and two hits in eight innings, but the offense needs to give the starter more run support.

Adam Warren’s performance out of the bullpen, where he threw six masterful shutout innings after the ninth inning, was wasted as a result of the previously stated incompetence by the offense.

This game lasted a startling five hours and thirty-five minutes, had 510 pitches, 14 pitchers combined and it the first time that the Yankees played a game of at least 18 innings since Sept. 11, 1988.

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