The Yanks struck early, but the A’s struck right back as Domingo German had trouble closing out the first and second innings in the Yanks’ (83-44) 6-2 loss in Oakland to the A’s Monday night.
Gary Sanchez homered in the top of the first (28) to give the Yanks a quick 1-0 lead.
But in the bottom of the first, with one out and two out, German gave up a HR to Matt Olson, then gave up another to Mark Canha. The back-to-back HR made it 3-1 A’s.
With two out in the second, a single and double made it 4-1 Oakland. It stayed that way until the sixth.
The A’s got two more in the sixth. A single, double, strikeout, and single plated two runs and drove German from the game.
Aaron Judge homered (13) in the eighth for the game’s final run. 6-2 A’s.
Judge’s blast (467 ft.) was the first homer he pulled to left all year.
The Yanks’ magic # to clinch the division outright (I ain’t getting into tiebreakers) still dropped to 26 because the Rays lost.
Judge HR (13)
Sanchez HR (28)
Urshela 2 hits .338
Gregorius 2 hits
Tauchman 2 hits.
German (L, 16-3, 4.15) 5 1/3 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 8 H, 2 W, 7 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Loaisiga 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K. 5.12
The Yanks signed Trevor Rosenthal to a minor league contract. This, along with the Ryan Dull, Tyler Lyons and David Hernandez signings of late, is probably just “taking a flyer”. Rosenthal was St. Louis’ closer, saving 45 games in 2014 and was an All-Star in 2015 when he saved 48, finishing 17th in MVP voting in the process. But he missed all of 2018 with TJ surgery and this year, in 22 games (12 Washington, 10 Detroit) has been brutal. 0-1, 13.50. For his career, Rosenthal is 11-25, 3.46 (ERA+ 114) with 121 saves.
One-time Yankee relief pitcher Octavio Dotel (14 games in 2006), along with 2B Luis Castillo, were implicated in a drug trafficking ring yesterday. Dotel pitched for 13 different teams from 1999-2013 and Castillo was a 2B for 3 teams 1996-2010, including the 2003 Marlins team that beat the Yanks in the WS.