Pratt's Instant Replay: A's 2, Yankees 1

Pratt's Instant Replay: A's 2, Yankees 1
July 22, 2012, 3:29 am
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OAKLAND -- The A's are now 13-2 in July and have won the four-game series with the Yankees. Oakland is a season-best six games over .500. After getting swept here by the Bronx Bombers in May, the A's now have a chance to return the favor as they won 2-1 on Saturday night.At the PlateYoenis Cespedes is at it again. He pulled a mammoth game-tying homer into the left-field bleachers. The ball didn't merely land in the bleachers either. It crashed into the fans in the seats like a meteor. Cespedes' blast extended his hitting streak to a career-high nine games.Brandon Inge displayed his power stroke as well. He blasted the go-ahead homer in the bottom of the eighth inning. It was his ninth home run and it hit the front of the bleachers over the high wall in right-center field.Derek Norris drew a walk in the sixth inning. The rookie catcher is still 0 for his last 29, but he made up for it by stealing his third base and giving the A's an opportunity with a runner in scoring position. The big man has some wheels.Starting Pitching ReportIf the A's rookie starting pitchers hadn't captured the attention of the nation yet, they certainly did after this series. Parker was the third A's rookie starting pitcher in a row to befuddle one of the best collections of hitters in the game today.Parker lasted eight innings against the vaunted Bronx Bombers lineup and got the win. He gave up just five hits and allowed one earned run. He struck out five. Like Tommy Milone last night, Parker's changeup was working well. Parker walked Curtis Granderson in the sixth inning, snapping a streak of 23 innings without a walk by a Yankee hitter in this series. What makes that start more impressive is that all three of the games in this series have been started by a rookie pitcher.Bullpen ReportWith closer Ryan Cook unavailable after pitching in three consecutive games, Sean Doolittle got to try his hand at the ninth inning. Doolittle allowed a leadoff single to Alex Rodriguez, then blew a 94-mph past Robinson Cano, snapping a 23 game hitting streak in the process. He then struck out Teixeira looking on another 94-mph fastball, and got Andruw Jones swinging on -- you guessed it -- a 94-mph fastball. He earned his first career save in style.In the FieldJemile Weeks displayed his hops robbing Rodriguez on a line drive in the first inning.Coco Crisp used his legs to snowcone catch a blooper hit by Granderson in the third inning. Crisp paused as the ball was in the air, then sprinted hard after the ball reaching down and grabbing it before it touched the ground. Somehow he managed to stay on his feet.AttendanceThe A's announced an attendance of 28,142.Dot RaceRed wins the dot race. That's three wins in a row for Red.Up NextThe A's will send Bartolo Colon (6-8, 3.88 ERA) to the mound in the series finale. It will be his 19th start of the season and he has a 2.89 ERA over his last seven starts. Colon weighs in at 265 pounds. The man opposing him, C.C. Sabathia tips the scales at 290 pounds.Sabathia (10-3, 3.27 ERA) turned 32 on Saturday. With 186 career wins he has the most wins prior to his 32nd birthday since Catfish Hunter compiled 210 wins before turning 32 in 1978.