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The Yankees finish off the sweep in a Matinee in Oakland

By Gary W. Marchese Jr.

Oakland, CA (June 2) – The New York Yankees defeated the Oakland Athletics by the score of 4-2 on Wednesday afternoon. A.J. Burnett got off to a rocky start but he was able to right the ship and earn the victory. The Yankees offense struck for a run early and then got a big three-run homerun from Nick Swisher. The bullpen was able to shut the door and hang on for the victory giving the Yankees the three game sweep.

Burnett pitched seven innings giving up two runs on three hits. He walked three and struck out five. Joba Chamberlain pitched a scoreless inning giving up two hits and striking out a batter and Mariano Rivera earned his 14th save of the season. Rivera pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout. Burnett improved his record to 6-3 and lowered his ERA to 3.86. The Yankees starting pitching has been more than they could have asked for with Ivan Nova being the only question mark right now. Nova has a high four ERA which is the worst on the team. The other four starters all have an ERA of three something. Larry Rothschild and Rusell Martin deserve a lot of credit for what they have done with the pitching staff. They came into the season with question marks about everyone other then C.C. Sabathia.

There was not a lot of offense in this game; the Yankees only had six hits. Derek Jeter had a hit, Mark Teixeira had a hit and Alex Rodriguez had two hits and an RBI. Robinson Cano had a hit, Swisher had a hit and three RBI, and his homerun became the game winner. Martin and Andruw Jones each had a walk. Jeter and Rodriguez had doubles and Swisher had the only homerun. The Yankees were 2-9 with runners in scoring position and they left seven men on base.

The Yankees scored a run in the first on a Rodriguez RBI single to give them a 1-0 lead. Oakland came right back and scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning to give them a 2-1 lead. Oakland scored on a two-run homerun by Josh Willingham, that was all they would get off Burnett, Chamberlain and Rivera though. The Yankees got a big three-run homerun from Swisher in the fourth inning and that was it for the scoring. The Yankees won the game 4-2. The ironic thing about the Swisher homerun was that he tried to bunt twice but they were both balls, he never got the bunt sign but he made a mistake.

The Yankees have now won 10 in a row over Oakland. The streak is the longest since they won 14 in a row from Sept 13th, 1956 to July 12th, 1957. “That’s the game of baseball Rodriguez said. Sometimes those things are unexplainable. That’s hard to believe because they’ve got a really good team.” Jeter is now 16 hit’s away from the magical 3000, which he could accomplish on the upcoming 10 game home stand. Girardi said about the Swisher homerun “Obviously that’s a huge hit, and that’s the turning point in the game today.” Swisher is 4-8 lifetime on Gonzalez and he has started to hit again on this road trip. The Yankees offense as a whole has started to come together on this trip with Rodriguez, Cano, Teixeira and Swisher all heating up. Burnett only allowed one hit after the first inning and that is the biggest change in him this season. He has been able to adjust even when he has a bad inning.

The Yankees will enjoy a day off on Thursday and head to Anaheim to take on the Angels. Anaheim has been a house of horror for them but if the Yankees can win just one game there, they will have had a winning road trip. The Yankees of course would love to win the series and have a great road trip. The Yankees are currently 4-2 on their nine game road trip. They have won four in a row while Boston has lost three in a row. The Yankees are at their high water mark of the season at 31-23, which is eight games over 500. They are two games ahead of the Boston Red Sox for first place in the AL East. The two teams will begin a three game series in the Bronx on Tuesday night.

gmarchesej Posted by on June 2, 2011. Filed under MLB News,News and Sports with Gary W. Marchese Jr.,Sports,US Sports,Yankees. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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