The Yankees (26-25) lost to the Oakland Athletics by the score of 3-0 on Sunday afternoon at O.co Coliseum. That was their third loss in four games to the worst team in the American League.
The Yankees, who are tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for first place in the American League East, struggled on the road during the month of May. The team played 19 games away from Yankees Stadium and they came away with a loss in 12 of those games and overall they went 13 and 16 during the second month of the season.
Adam Warren pitched 7.0 innings and this was his fourth consecutive start that he pitched more than 6.0 innings but the offense was not able to do its part to get him his fourth win of the season. Warren, whose ERA is now a solid 3.75 after it was a much higher 4.78 on May 3, only allowed allowed two runs in seven innings while recording four strikeouts. He has now allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his last three starts and deserves to stay in the rotation when Masahiro Tanaka comes off of the disabled list (this might not happen because the team needs help in the bullpen).
However, the home run proved to be Warren’s weakness once again. In the sixth inning, after Warren had retired the side in order in the fifth inning, Stephen Vogt hit a homer to drive in Billy Burns to give the Athletics a 2-0 lead. Vogt’s 11th homer of the season barely made it over the wall in right. That was the only hit the Athletics had with runners in scoring position in seven chances, but it ended up being costly for the Yankees.
“I don’t have any regrets,” Warren said. “I feel like I have given the team a chance to win.”
The Yankees had eight hits, which is as many as the Athletics had, but they were not able to score a run because they were 0-5 with runners in scoring position and left seven runners on base. Brett Gardner was 0-4, Carlos Beltran was 0-3 after having two hits and three RBIs on Saturday and John Ryan Murphy was 0-3 with two strikeouts.
The only highlights offensively were Didi Gregorius and Alex Rodriguez. Gregorius had two hits in three at-bats and is on a modest three-game hitting streak. Rodriguez, who was 2-4 and is on a 10-game hitting streak, is now only 14 hits away from tying Roberto Clemente and becoming the 29th baseball player with 3,000 hits. When Rodriguez gets his next hit he will have 2,987 and will have tied Sam Rice for 29th place on the all-time list.
A notable highlight from a personal standpoint happened in the second inning as Ramon Flores had his first major-league hit. The Yankees had an opportunity to get on the scoreboard in the second, but Jose Pirela hit a hard line drive to second for a double play. In the fifth inning, Gardner also grounded into a double play. Pirela hit a single during the game in addition to his hard line drive and deserves more of a chance at second since Stephen Drew has a .157 average.
“Pirela swung the bat well today,” Joe Girardi said. “We will continue to evaluate and go from there. We were not able to do much after the second inning. We have been streaky. You turn the page and then get ready for Seattle.”
Brian McCann, who had an 8-game hitting streak coming into the game, pinch hit in the ninth inning and struck out on a changeup to end the game. The Yankees were shutout for the second time this season.
The Yankees will now play a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. The Mariners are in fourth place in the AL West with a 24-26 record. The first game of the series, which will be played at 10:10 p.m. EST, will be a marquee pitching matchup between aces Felix Hernandez (8-1, 1.91) and Michael Pineda (6-2, 3.36). Tanaka will make his anticipated return from the disabled list during the series.
Here are the rest of the pitching matchups for the series:
LHP CC Sabathia (2-7, 5.67)
10:10 p.m., YES Network
RHP Masahiro Tanaka (2-1, 3.22)
RHP Taijuan Walker (2-5, 6.18)
3:40 p.m., YES Network