Road has gotten bumpy for Yankees
The Yankees played like kings of the road in the early going. They won 10 of their first 13 games away from Yankee Stadium this season and as late as May 11 were still playing over .700 ball on the road with a 12-5 mark (.706).
Since then, however, the road has been unkind to the Yankees, who are 2-10 since that point and with Sunday’s 3-0 defeat at Oakland their away record fell under .500 at 14-15 for the first time this year.
Overall, the Yankees are only one game above .500 with a 26-25 mark as they dropped into a first-place tie with Tampa Bay in the American League East. And it won’t get any smoother in their next stop, Seattle, where they face the league’s most dominant pitcher, Felix Hernandez, Monday night at Safeco Field in a match-up of staff aces and former teammates as Michael Pineda will seek to turn the Yanks’ fortunes around. It will be Pineda’s first start at Seattle since the Mariners traded him to the Yankees in January 2012.
The Yankees were shut out for the second time this season Sunday as Jesse Chavez out-dueled Adam Warren. Chavez, who despite a 2.11 ERA improved his record to merely 2-5, held the Yankees to seven hits, all singles, with no walks and six strikeouts in eight innings. Alex Rodriguez got the Yanks’ ninth hit, another single, in the ninth off Tyler Clippard, who kept them off the board for his sixth save.
For Warren, it came down to one bad pitch, a 1-1 fastball in the sixth inning to Stephen Vogt, who drove the ball over the right field fence for his 11th home run and a 2-0 lead. The Athletics had scored a total of six runs in Chavez’s seven previous starts, so he is accustomed to minimal support.
Also scoring on Vogt’s homer was Billy Burns, who led off the inning with a single and stole second and third. The steals ended a stretch of 106 2/3 innings since May 23 last year since a base runner successfully stole against Warren.
Vogt struck again in the eighth inning with a sacrifice fly off Jacob Lindgren that scored Burns, who had singled with one out off Esmil Rogers and crossed to third on a single by Ben Zobrist.
Vogt and Burns did plenty of damage to the Yankees in the series. Vogt had 5-for-14 (.357) with two doubles, one home run and five RBI. Burns was 9-for-18 (.500) with a double, a homer, an RBI, two stolen bases and six runs scored.
They were chiefly the reasons the Yankees dropped three of the four games at O.co Coliseum where they have lost 10 of their past 12 games, another series of bumps on the road.