A’s Take Down Yankees Again

The Oakland Athletics were looking to keep momentum on their side and the New York Yankees were looking to take momentum back on this road trip.

New York grabbed a 1-0 lead on a RBI single by Mike Tauchman in the second-inning. Oakland responded with a two-run homer by Khris Davis in the second-inning off of J.A. Happ and a Marcus Semien two-run homer off of Happ in the third-inning en route to a 6-4 win over the Yankees.

The Athletics continue to climb in the American League Wild Card Standings. Even though they are still tied for the second wild card spot in the American League with the Tampa Bay Rays with a 73-53 record, both of those teams are now only 0.5 games back of the Cleveland Indians for the first wild card spot in the American League.

Cleveland has lost the first two games of their series on the road against the New York Mets. The Indians have lost five of their last seven games overall.

With Oakland winning 4-1 in the fifth-inning, Mark Canha hit a solo home run off Chad Green.

Mike Tauchman hit a sacrifice fly for New York to make it 5-2.

Stephen Piscotty hit a solo home run off of Chad Green in the sixth-inning for the Oakland Athletics.

The New York Yankees scored two more runs in the seventh-inning on a solo home run by Mike Ford off of Yusmeiro Petit and Didi Gregorius had an RBI double.

Mike Fiers (12-3) was the winning pitcher for Oakland. He pitched 5.1 innings and gave up six hits and two runs. Fiers walked three batters and struck out four.

J.A. Happ (10-8) was the losing pitcher for New York. He pitched four innings and gave up four hits and five runs. Happ walked two batters and struck out four.

Liam Hendricks recorded his 15th save of the season for the Athletics. He pitched 1.2 innings and struck out three batters.

A.J. Puk made his MLB debut for Oakland. He is 24 years old. Puk started the eighth-inning for them. He pitched 0.1 innings and gave up a hit and walked a batter. A.J. Puk is the second best prospect in the Oakland Athletics farm system.

The Yankees still hold a two-game lead on the Houston Astros for the first overall seed in the American League. Houston suffered a 2-1 loss at home against the Detroit Tigers and it was one of the biggest upsets of the year in baseball.

The final game of this three-game set will be on Thursday night when the projected starters will be Masahiro Tanaka (9-6, 4.56 ERA) for New York and Tanner Roark (7-8, 4.01 ERA) for Oakland.

 

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