Athletics walk-off with win over Yanks


Source: FanGraphs

The Athletics now have ten walk-off wins this year. Ten! That’s more than one out of every five wins overall and nearly half their home wins. Maybe they’re clutch, maybe they’re just ridiculously fortunate with their timing. Either way, ten is a crazy high number. Let’s recap…

  • Extra Bases: Two runs in 6.2 innings is a pretty good start but man, the Athletics were all over Ivan Nova whenever he missed his spot. They tagged him for five extra-base hits, raising his league-leading total to 64 (!) allowed. Jamie Shields is second with 52 (!!!). It’s been a problem all year; Nova’s mistakes doesn’t just go for singles or well-struck fly balls. He’s young and this is a learning process, but sheesh.
  • Changeups: Tommy Milone is a left-handed changeup specialist with a reverse split, so it’s not much of a surprise that he set a new career-high with ten strikeouts against a lineup stacked with righties. The 6-7-8 hitters went a combined 0-for-9 with seven strikeouts against him. Milone stifled the Yankees with that soft dead fish changeup down and away all night due in part to a lineup that played right into his strength.
  • Tie Game: The Yankees used a pair of solo homers to knot the game up, including an opposite field job from Robinson Cano to lead off the ninth. Russell Martin did the honors in the eighth. Cano had already singled to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 23 games, but that was a cheap little single that short-hopped the shortstop’s glove. The dinger legitimized it a bit.
  • Walk-off: With Rafael Soriano sitting in the bullpen waiting to protect the lead that never came, Cody Eppley surrendered the walk-off rally by allowing three singles (one an infield job) to the three batters he faced. I figured something bad would happen once he had to face a lefty with men on-base, and sure enough Brandon Moss won it. The Yankees really need another non-OOGY reliever and I don’t think waiting around for Joba Chamberlain is the solution.
  • Leftovers: Boone Logan (one out), David Robertson (three outs), and Clay Rapada (one out) were a bit shaky but still recorded their five outs and did the job … ugly night for Andruw Jones, who went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts and made an offline throw to the plate on the game-winning hit … the Yankees have yet to draw a walk in the series … this game should have been a blowout, but the Athletics put on a mean RISPFAIL clinic (3-for-14) … the consecutive games with at least three runs is over, finishing at 43 for the second-longest single-season streak in baseball history.

MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs the nerd score, and ESPN the updated standings. Every other team in the AL East won except for the Red Sox (who lost to the Blue Jays), so the lead in the division is down to eight games. The Yankees did pass the Rangers in run differential with an assist from the Angels, so New York now owns both the best record and run differential in all of baseball. Phil Hughes will look to help the Yankees salvage the series against another rookie on Saturday, this time right-hander Jarrod Parker.

Categories : Game Stories
  • Knoxvillain

    I was really hoping the Yankees would get to that 49. Damn.

  • eephus_pitch

    Screw all that, what did Mrs. A-Rod do?

    Patiently waiting for the stuart recap.

    • FIn

      Doesnt take Stuart, to be down on Arod. He hasnt looked good in the field or at bat for awhile now. I blame the hip as much or more than age, but either way, its not pretty.

      • eephus_pitch

        All very true. But stuart takes it to a whole nother level with his incessant trolling.

        • Karl Krawfid

          And he only picks him.

        • Knoxvillain

          Trolling? I’ve always thought he’s just an idiot.

          • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

            Both, I think.

      • Ted Nelson

        He’s at a .350 wOBA for the season including .34O for both June and July. He’s declined certainly from his peak, but it takes willfull ignorance to think he’s having a bad season in absolute terms.

        • FIn

          Omg, do you ever stop? If you cant see the guy is not playing as well now as earlier in the season, I dont know what to say. He is clearly strugling in field and at the plate. When the numbers drop lower, will you site them and then tell us he is still just below league average for a 3b?

          Damn, you are an unlikable dude. Do you watch games or just look at stats to see where a player is compared to league average? For what I posted and people responding to me, no one even said hes having a bad season. We were comenting on how hes looked for the last the month/month and a half.

          Throw some stats at me shit head, for the last month and a half…which is roughly the time frame we were discussing.

          • Ted Nelson

            Wow, that was a pathetic rant. Do you ever stop being an idiot? Please tell me you are still in school. For the good of society. I already told you his wOBA the last month and a half you moron. But you’ve decided your impression is less bias than the actual results. And I’m the “unlikable” “shithead” for pointing out how stupid Stuart is and how stupid your comment was… Yet you don’t stop the stupidity with stat bashing… In this thread you go on to say that the Yankees are only on a budget if they are losing (which you mispell multiple times) and to compare two very dissimilar players in Cespedes and Swisher (in an irrelevant comparison I might add).

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

            Grow up you two. This isn’t high school, have a conversion without resorting to personal attacks because you can’t prove a point otherwise.

            • Ted Nelson

              You throw a nice insult into your little policing not to throw insults? Great.

              I literally gave 1.5 months of wOBA only to be insulted and asked to provide 1.5 months of stats. I proved my point. I then commented on how stupid Fin appears to be based on his posts. They are really stupid. I observed that, so I said it. And Fin thinks I only rely on stats…

              • dalelama

                Ted, You are very obnoxious and most people are repulsed by your condescension. You just are very unlikeable.

  • pat

    Andruw looked terrible tonight. Milone was locking him up inside all night. Seems like he threw Jones all fastballs inside and Jones swung at them all and missed.

    • eephus_pitch

      They all looked terrible tonight.
      Or at least, they sounded terrible (radio broadcast).

      • FIn

        They have all looked slow in both games. Seems to me they have had alot of swings that the ball is almsot in the glove when they swing and miss. We shouldnt be suprised, they have been great for a long time, built a double digit lead in the division, and then had to go out west to a morgue of a stadium and start playing at 10pm their time, against very hot team. This was bound to happen. I imagine they win tommorow and sweep the M’s and walk away from this trip 4-2 which isnt bad.

  • stuart a

    arod did what he usually does, not much.

    the guyat $3 mill a year would be pulling his weight at $25 + the biggest underachiever in baseball. could he carry the team for a week please???

    the guy can’t even carry them for a game let alone a week. hopefully he will keep it up to get those 75 or so RBI’s, thank g-d he is batting 3rd or 4th… Need his dynamic bat in the middle of the order. HE almost has a higher slugging % the ANdruw Jones, got Nix beat by about 5 % pts….

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)


    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      Fire Axisa, hire stuart a. Finally make the content on this site readable.

  • stuart a

    yep a yankee fan for over 40 years is a troll. I remember horace clarke, mike kekich, blooomberg, and others but I am a troll since I speak the truth on the dreadful arod.

    I just wish arod would get hot for a week or 2… the guy has become a total guess hitter and it looks like he is guessing wrong most of the time……

    • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)


    • eephus_pitch

      yep a yankee fan for over 40 years is a troll.

      Stage One: admitting you have a problem.

    • FIn

      You havent learned much about baseball in your very long time on earth then have you? Why are you blaming an old, hurt Arod, for what was clearly a Yankee ownership mistake? You sound like a child, rather than a 40+ year old.

      Even with the Arod mistake, the issue doesnt mean shit to any Yankee fan, its not our money. THe Yankees put a WS caliber team on the field every year. When they stop doing that because of Arod’s money, then bitch and moan like a 40 year old women. Until then, just shut the fuck up already and recall the glory days of horace clarke and mike kekich.

      • OMG! Bagels!

        While I agree with most of what you say, your post is an insult to 40 year old women, most of the ones I know are much much much less whiny than Stuart.

        • FIn

          You’re right. 40yr old women dont whine. THey are usually angry. Kinda like Stuart.

      • http://RiverAveBlues Andy K

        Agree with you completely re Arod and ownership [not on your attack on the other poster.]
        As a fan I don’t care how much my team spends whether it’s 40mil. or 240mil.I want a winner.
        The Yanks made a horrible mistake when the 33 year old A-Rod came crawling back. They could have gotten him much cheaper, but that’s on them not him. Now that Hal is supposedly on his austerity kick that ridiculous contract is going to effect the Yankees much more than in the past.

        • FIn

          When the Yankees start loosing, is when I will believe they are on a budget. Until then, its all talk. There is much more insentive for them to keep wining and keep spending then the money they save/get back. The only thing we know about the Yankees finaces are that the Times speculates they break even on the Yankees personelle.

          The Yankees must have been loosing money all of George’s life, because they have been spending 200m for 10yrs. The fact is none of us, including the Times has any fucking clue what the Yankees make, or any other team for that matter. There isnt one public company in baseball. The Yankees were spending 200m, 10yrs ago. THey have purchased a billion dollar stadium and havent raised payroll.

          How does a team who had a 200m payroll and hasnt increased it in 10yrs, still only break even? The fact of the matter is, no matter what Hal wants, or tells the public he wants, there is only one option for the Yankees…that is to win. We all know there expenses are too high to ever loose. Until the baby Stiens sell the team.

          • Ted Nelson

            What does being on a budget have to do with “loosing?” If they announce a budget an stick to it but keep winning you will not believe they are on a budget? They have been on a budget already, they are just planning to adjust it.

            You acknowledge that they haven’t dramatically increased payroll in a while, yet refure to believe they’re on a budget?

            • FIn

              rofl, you’re a fucking moron. If you missed the fact, that I believe the Yankees make far more than anyone imagines, and that they will keep spending money to win. When they have a loosing season, do to payroll restrictions is when I will buy that they have budget.

              You fucking turd, my point was, if they could afford a 200m payroll 10ys ago, what can they afford now? Yet its still only 200m.

              • Ted Nelson

                Do you have any idea what a budget is? It appears you don’t. And I’m the moron?

              • Robinson Tilapia

                …..but Ted’s the condescending one.

        • the other Steve S.

          Really, Hal needs to say that the 189 is in play except he’s giving the team a $20 million dollar mulligan on the stupid ARod contract. $209 should get it done.

          • Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too)

            That would defeat the entire point of getting under 189 though.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I think he’s saying he’s been a fan for over forty years. Why can’t we hear more about that, and less about Alex?

        Desdemona? Really?

    • http://riveravenueblues.com marty l

      i loved horace’s glasses almost as much as kekich loved fritz’s wife. but horace was no joe de maestri and i knew joe de maestri.

  • Frank

    Yanks sure could use Cespedes. Guy can rake.

    • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (formerly Manny’s BanWagon)

      Compared to what the other 2 Cuban players got, his contract doesn’t look bad especially considering he’s got great tools and has more than held his own without even needing any time in AAA.

      Hindsight is 20/20 and their careers have just started but at this point I’d take a mulligan on Cespedes but be glad I passed on Darvish.

      • FIn

        Cespedes looks an awful like Swisher. The thing is Swish has done it at the MLB level for years. Cespedes has done it for half a season. Lets let him play for a year before we decide hes better than Swish, let alone a monster.

        • Ted Nelson

          Cespedes and Swisher were not mutually exclusive.

          • FIn

            What? I was clearly making reference to their stats. THey are awfully similar. Hence my comparison.

            • Ted Nelson

              You are dumber than I thought. Google “mutual exclusivity.” my comment had absolutely nothing to do with stats. I said they could both be Yankees. You don’t have to pick only one.

              They are quite dissimilar as far as legit corner OFs go. Swisher’s hallmarks are patience and baseball know how. He has nothing more than functional speed. He’s an adequate defender in RF. Cespedes if a free swinger with tremendous power and decent speed. His defense is a big liability at this point.

              Not only are you dumb, but you seem to know nothing about baseball. I really am trying not to get into this kind of personal insult stuff… But that rant above was ridiculous. You are so dumb that you don’t seem to realize how dumb you are, and you’re insulting me?

      • G

        Cespedes’ defense has grades out pretty horribly, which has left him barely above replacement level.

        • Andy Pettitte’s Fibula (former Manny’s BanWagon)

          He has some very nice tools though and if he’s a hard worker, I see no reason why he can’t become average or better defensively in RF.

          Besides, how much can you really trust 1/2 seasons worth of defensive metrics

    • Robinson Tilapia

      He’s a nice player. You didn’t know then what you know now. You knew a YouTube vid of some guy jumping over boxes then.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    I’ve seen better relievers than Cody Eppley do what he did. Sorry I went to bed and missed Robbie’s homer. A return to winning close games will be welcome.

    How many more rehab appearances for Joba? Yeah….someone who doesn’t set off the Eppley/Rapada train might be in order at this point.

    • http://www.yankeenumbers.com Mr. Sparkle

      You really think Joba returning is going to keep Girardi from overmanaging?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I have a feeling no answer I could provide here will make a difference.

  • Christopher

    This team has excelled, but Swish coming up lame shows how low the tank is getting. The game ended with Jones, Ibanez and Granderson, He Who Never Rests, in the outfield.

    • FIn

      How does the young guy, whos counted on to play everyday, getting hurt, show how the tank is getting low? When Jones or Ibanez gets hurt, thats a sign. Jones and Ibanez, who everyone is worried about havent missed a day yet.

    • Ted Nelson

      Granderson had the All-Star break and then literally had a day off this week. Really odd time for that comment. Granderson has played almost every game for his team before.

      Every team plays the same number of games. Not sure why the Yankees tank should be lower than anyone else’s.

    • Christopher

      We are relying much more on veterans than planned, and we are heading into the part of the season the durable nature of the bench will become stretched and possibly exposed. So, the timing of my remark has to do with the fact August looms. Ibanez, Jones, Chavez can certainly surge through the rest of the season and carry us, or maybe those old bones begin to creak.

      • Ted Nelson

        I was referring mostly to the Granderson comment in terms of timing.

        • Christopher

          I am sure Granderson will be fine, but he has played in 92 out of 93 games. That’s pretty intense.

  • jim p

    Mike, part of the success and pleasure of RAB has been the quality of the comments.

    Do you have an automatic ban rule, or anything like it, for people who use the site to attack people, and that with foul and ugly language to boot?

    I was going to just send you an email, but I wonder what other RAB people think as well. Maybe other people enjoy coming to RAB to see the quality go down, and to read the comments of abusive posters.


  • dalelama

    Ouch, Old Purple Lips stranded four runners…