A's avoid a sweep in an odd game against the Yankees.
An anti-climatic ending to a strange game. Andrew Bailey gave up a meaningless single to Robinson Cano in the ninth and the A's won 4-2 to salvage the three game series. The game had some wacky moments, and here they are
Yanks turn a triple play: With men on first and second in the bottom of the sixth inning, Kurt Suzuki hit a hard ground ball to third. Alex Rodriguez took two steps to his right, stepped on the bag, and fired it to second. Cano took the ball and flipped it to first a step ahead of Suzuki. It's not everyday you see a triple play, especially one around the horn. Usually it's a line drive with runners moving on the pitch. Regardless, you got to be feeling for Suzuki; who gets tripled-up and beat by a step?! Come on Kurt, get on your horse!
Suzuki hammers a pitch to deep left: I put this after the triple play because you can't make fun of Suzuki too long after what he did on offense. Suzuki took a first-inning fastball from C.C. Sabathia and clubbed it deep into the left-field seats for a three-run home run. There was no question about it, either. Right off the bat the only question was how far would it go? The homer would end up being the difference, and really the only offense.
Dallas Braden and A-Rod fight: No, no punches were thrown and the benches did not clear, but there was a very loud verbal exchange. Kind of weird too. After a double play to end the inning, Braden (who was covering first) yelled at A-Rod (who was thrown out at second). Braden was apparently angry that A-Rod ran over the mound going back to first from third after a foul ball. Braden had to be ushered off the field by Bob Geren and took his anger out at on some poor, unsuspecting paper cups in the dugout. A-Rod laughed it off after the game, but Braden was still simmering. I don't blame Braden. You don't run over the mound, especially during an inning. We all know A-Rod doesn't have the best character, so I guess this just reaffirms it. Steroids, infidelity, yelling at a third baseman on a pop fly, and now running over the mound. Not a likable guy, and now makes me want to hate him that much more.
In the end, Braden got the last laugh. He scattered six hits over six innings, allowing two solo shots. A-Rod on the other hand had a single, but nothing else. The series ended with the Yankees taking two of three. The A's would have ideally taken the series with two games, but you can't get them all. Just like I predicted, the A's had enormous trouble when Gio Gonzalez couldn't find the zone in game one. Adversely, in game three, the A's were patient at the plate on their way to six walks. The A's now play host to the Cleveland Indians for a three-game set over the weekend with Justin Duchscherer taking the ball on Friday. He brings a 2.41 era, so the offense will have another opportunity to win the game with a low run output.
Quick note: Let's hope Mark Ellis, Travis Buck, and Jerry Blevins all get healthy soon.