Pratt's Instant Replay: A's 3, Yankees 2

July 21, 2012, 5:11 am
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OAKLAND -- Another day, another walk-off hit. This time the hero was Brandon Moss. He drove in Yoenis Cespedes to give the A's a 3-2 win over the Yankees. The A's 10 walk-off wins lead Major League Baseball.Starting Pitching ReportTommy Milone was in complete control against one of the best lineups in the game. He dazzled over seven innings, striking out a new career-high 10 batters. The last A's pitcher to strike out 10 Yankees hitters in a game was Bobby Witt in 1993.The rookie left-handed pitcher's changeup was working so well it looked like it came out of his hand in slow motion. It was reminiscent of Bugs Bunny's changeup in those old Looney Toons episodes. It was so good that his fastball started to paralyze Yankees hitters.Milone ended up throwing 110 pitches. He allowed just six hits and didn't walk a batter. At one point Milone retired nine batters in a row. Milone worked out of trouble in the sixth inning. After getting ahead 0-2 on Derek Jeter, he painted the outside corner of the plate perfectly. Jeter got a call befitting a future Hall of Famer as umpire Bill Miller called it a ball. Instead of an out Jeter reached on an infield single. Teixeira added a hit to put runners on first and second with two outs, but Alex Rodriguez grounded out to end the inning.At the PlateIn the third inning Coco Crisp hit a leadoff triple down the right field line that rolled to the wall. He motored into third with a headfirst dive, but would have been safe standing up. Jemile Weeks drove him home with a sacrifice fly to center giving the A's 1-0 lead. In the next frame the Brandons (Moss and Inge) hit back-to-back doubles with no outs making it 2-0. The A's hitters threatened in the first inning. They loaded the bases with two outs after Reddick hit a two out double, Cespedes followed with an infield single, and Seth Smith walked to load the bases. Brandon Moss got solid contact but lined out to center field to end the inning. They also loaded the bases in the fourth inning and the seventh.The A's offense went 2 for 13 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10 runners. A dangerous proposition when facing the high powered Yankees offense.Reddick ended the night 3 for 5 with two doubles. Cespedes collected four hits and scored the game winning run when he was driven in by Moss.Bullpen ReportRyan Cook has never pitched three days in a row. When pitching on no rest Cook has allowed eight runs over 7.1 innings in nine games. He promptly gave up a game-tying homer to Robinson Cano in the ninth. The rookie closer was able to get out of the inning without any more damage. Cook has allowed two homers this season. They came on back to back nights.Jerry Blevins relieved Milone to start the eighth inning. He gave up a home run to the leadoff hitter Russell Martin making it a 2-1 game. He also hit Teixeira with a pitch. Evan Scribner came in after Blevins and retired Rodriguez to end the inning.In the FieldReddick threw out Teixeira easily as he tried to advance from first to third on a single in the fourth inning. It was his American League-tying ninth outfield assist -- all of which have come while playing in right field. A's outfielders now have 21 assists, matching their 2011 total.AttendanceThe A's announced an attendance of 24,148.Dot RaceRed wins the dot race for the second night in a row.Up NextJarrod Parker (6-4, 3.16 ERA) gets the ball for the A's. He has allowed 10 runs in his last two starts after allowing 10 runs total in his eight starts before that. Phil Hughes (9-7, 4.22 ERA) will be on the mound for the Yankees. He has a 6.08 ERA in his career against the A's.

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