Rapid Reaction: A's 4, Yankees 3
July, 23, 2011
By Matt Ehalt | ESPNNewYork.com
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WHAT IT MEANS:: The Yankees' offense crashed back to earth with an uninspired performance against the Athletics, and A.J. Burnett turned in another erratic start as the Yanks lost 4-3 to the Athletics. The loss snapped an 11-game winning streak against Oakland, and the Yankees are now just 5-5 since the All-Star break.
HURRY BACK, ALEX: One night after scoring 17 runs, the Yankees managed just three against Oakland on Saturday. Excluding Friday's performance, the Yankees have scored just 34 runs in the other nine games (3.78 per game) since the All-Star break. Without the services of Alex Rodriguez, who is on the disabled list, the Yankees have really struggled to score runs.
THAT'S A.J.: For Burnett, Saturday's start was a microcosm of his Yankees career, as he looked unhittable in some stretches but somehow left the mound with his team trailing. Burnett gave up three runs in 5 2/3 innings and got tagged with the loss.
Burnett had his curveball working, and his fastball moved across the plate, which netted him six strikeouts. Yet the righty gave up a two-run homer to Josh Willingham and surrendered a single and two walks with two outs to load the bases in the sixth before getting yanked.
Despite his good start to the season, Burnett has now won just four times in his past 15 starts, and is 4-7 in that span. He's also without a win since June 29 versus Milwaukee.
SWISHILICIOUS: Nick Swisher clubbed his second home run in as many days, with a solo shot to right that sliced the A's lead to 3-2. Swisher's home run was his 12th of the year and he collected his 56th RBI.
BAD BOONE: Boone Logan entered in the seventh inning with the Yankees trailing 3-2, and on his first pitch he surrendered a home run to former Yankee Hideki Matsui to boost the A's lead to 4-2. Matsui's home run was the 501st of his career, combining his time in Japan and the United States.
UP NEXT: The Yankees will try to take the rubber game of the series Sunday when Bartolo Colon (6-6, 3.34 ERA) takes on Gio Gonzalez (9-6, 2.33) at 1:05 p.m.