OAKLAND, Calif. — Bought to present them credit score, or a minimum of give Aaron Decide credit score.
The Yankees’ 13-game profitable streak ended, appropriately sufficient, with a tense ninth inning Saturday afternoon at Oakland Coliseum. Decide’s one-out, two-run homer within the closing body proved inadequate because the Yankees registered a 3-2 loss to the Athletics. They virtually overcame some uninspired play with good pitching and Decide’s excellence earlier than Joey Gallo’s grounder to the appropriate aspect wrapped up the group’s greatest run since 1961.
This chilly bathe, apropos for this sizzling, sticky day, ought to remind the Yankees how a lot work stays for them to realize their final objective.
“A loss is a loss,” mentioned the en fuego Decide, who added a single and double plus a flyout to the center-field wall on the ballpark closest to his hometown of Linden, Calif. “It’s time to start out one other streak, that’s all you are able to do with that. … We didn’t get the job completed so now it’s time to show the web page and prepare for [Sunday].”
What Aaron Boone’s bunch completed between this tight, if languid, defeat and their earlier L, the Aug. 12 Area of Desires gut-punch from the White Sox, represents a large leap for Yankee-kind. At 76-53, they now occupy the highest spot within the American League wild-card race, which means they might host that contest Oct. 5 if the established order holds. But their 13-0 run gained solely three video games on the ridiculous Rays (80-48), who went 10-3 throughout the identical stretch. Which means this loss dropped them 4 ½ video games out of the AL East penthouse heading into the Rays-Orioles night time sport, whereas the Pink Sox (75-56), upright once more following the Aug. 17-18 Bronx sweep by their rivals, loom because the second wild-card membership, two video games behind and three within the loss column.
You needn’t be totally immersed in analytics (though you ought to be) to understand how unappetizing a loser-goes-home contest at Fenway Park should sound for these Yankees.
Talking of stomach-churning, boy, oh boy did the Yankees revive some previous dangerous habits on this one. They dedicated a pair of errors, each on Starling Marte grounders, the primary by makeshift third baseman Rougned Odor and the second by Anthony Rizzo at first base within the fifth. Dropping pitcher Nestor Cortes hung in there, giving up three runs over 5 ¹/₃ innings, though a type of runs got here residence on a balk off one in every of his funky pickoff strikes to first base.
They picked up solely 5 hits in opposition to Oakland starter Frankie Montas and a pair of relievers — the identical as their pitchers surrendered — as this wound up not a lot a matter of failing with runners in scoring place as merely not placing runners in prime time. That resulted in only one at-bat in such conditions, following Decide’s first-inning, two-out double, and Giancarlo Stanton struck out trying to kick off a tough day for him, ending his streak of 4 straight video games going deep.
“Plenty of actually good pitchers on this league … once they’re executing and on high of their sport, they’re going to carry you down on sure days or at sure instances within the order,” Boone mentioned. “However I really feel like as a gaggle the fellows are placing collectively actually sturdy at-bats.”
Boone and his workers didn’t keep away from scrutiny, both. Their replay problem of a protected name on Chad Pinder’s two-out, second-inning double, not overturned, meant they held no leverage to push again in opposition to Little’s clearly fallacious ruling on Starling Marte’s steal of third base within the third inning. They lucked out when Little referred to as Marte out on a line-drive double play to finish that menace: Yan Gomes drilled a ball to a drawn-in DJ LeMahieu, who then whipped it to 3rd, although Odor positive gave the impression to be drawn off the bag altogether.
“It was not a slam dunk for us,” Boone mentioned of the Pinder verify, “however one which we thought was price a problem.”
It wound up that type of day for the Yankees, too many issues going fallacious after a lot going proper. The mission couldn’t be clearer: Again to work, again to profitable lots if not all the time, to make sure their historic streak doesn’t wind up as a footnote.