Yankees fall 4-3 in 10 Innings in Series Opener

The Yankees faced off against the Oakland Athletics Tuesday coming off of an off day and an 8-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday. Nathan Eovaldi was on the hill starting for the Yankees facing off against the dominant Sonny Gray. The Yankees fell short 4-3 in 10 innings.

The A's scored first in the top of the first when Josh Reddick singled into center, scoring Stephen Vogt after he singled and advanced to second on a groundout.

The Yankees answered quickly when Brett Gardner led off the bottom of the first with a single. Chase Headley then walked on 4 pitches.  Alex Rodriguez just missed a pitch, flying out to center and leaving the runners on first and second, but Brian McCann came through with a bloop single to left scoring Gardner. Then Garrett Jones singled to right to score Headley giving the Yankees a 2-1 lead.

The A's tied the game up in the top of the 3rd leading off the inning with 3 straight singles. The score was 2-2 with runners on the corners and no outs. Eovaldi came through with a big strikeout, then Stephen Drew turned a big 4-6-3 double play to end the threat.

The Yankees took the lead back in the 4th on a Didi Gregorius RBI single. McCann walked to lead off the inning then Garrett Jones singled again, advancing him to second. Chris Young grounded into a double play moving McCann to third with 2 outs. Gregorius came through with 2 outs, singling to left to score McCann and give the Yankees a 3-2 lead.

Eovaldi came out after throwing 86 pitches in 5 1/3 innings giving up 6 hits, 2 earned runs, striking out 4 and walking 1. Chasen Shreve came in to relieve, giving up a solo home run in the bottom of the 6th to Billy Butler tying the game back up at 3.

Adam Warren then came in for the 7th to shut down the A's just like Justin Wilson did in the 8th and Dellin Betances in the 9th.

Betances came back in for the 10th inning. Brett Lawrie led off extra innings with a home run into the left field stands to give the Athletics the 4-3 lead.

The Yankees could not come through in the 10th even though they got Gardner and A-Rod on base by walks. Teixeira struck out swinging with runners on first and second the end the game. The Yankees lost 4-3 in 10 innings.

Article by: Greg Wilson
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