After getting shutout in the first game of the series on Friday, the New York Yankees nearly returned the favor. The Oakland Athletics put together a late rally, but it wasn't enough as they fell 4-2 in The Bronx.
Starting Pitching Report
Bartolo Colon allowed three runs over 5 1/3 innings of work and took his first loss of 2013. He allowed six hits and didn't walk a batter. Colon has only issued one walk through six starts this season.
Colon held the Yankees scoreless in the first two innings, but allowed a solo home run to Chris Stewart to lead off the third inning. He responded by retiring the next six batters he faced and struck out his first two batters of the game in the fourth inning.
Lyle Overbay led off the fifth inning with a home run to the short porch in right field to make it 2-0. Once again, Colon responded by retiring the next three batters he faced.
Again, Colon was stung by the first hitter of the inning, when Robinson Cano hit a leadoff double in the sixth inning. Cano ended up scoring on a bloop single by Travis Hafner. After the Yankees went up 3-0, A's manager Bob Melvin pulled Colon from the game with just 73 pitches.
Jerry Blevins relieved Colon with a runner on first and one out in the sixth inning. He got Ichiro Suzuki to ground out and struck out Chris Nelson. He started the seventh inning and struck out Overbay.
Chris Resop relieved Blevins and allowed a one-out triple to Eduardo Nunez. With two outs, Gardner drove in the fourth run of the game with an infield single that Adam Rosales made a diving attempt for.
Evan Scribner pitched a scoreless inning.
At the Plate
Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes gave the A's hitters fits as he held them scoreless through eight shutout innings and earned his first win of the season. He allowed just four hits and struck out nine A's batters. He retired the final 10 batters he faced.
The A's only had two legitimate scoring opportunities against the Yankees starter.
Seth Smith broke out of his 0 for 10, eight-strikeout slump with a double in the second inning. He was stranded in scoring position. Josh Reddick led off with a walk and moved to second base on a two-out single by John Jaso in the fifth inning, but Hughes got Jed Lowrie to fly out to center field to end the threat.
In the ninth inning, Yankees manager Joe Girardi summoned Shawn Kelley, who walked Yoenis Cespedes. With a runner on base, Mariano Rivera entered the game in a non-save situation.
Brandon Moss drew a walk on a close pitch on a full count against Rivera. The A's scored their first run on a single by Smith. Reddick grounded into a fielder's choice that scored the A's second run. Rosales flew out to end the game.
In the Field
Jaso just missed a leadoff home run to start the game. Ichiro made a leaping catch at the wall that might have taken a run away from the A's.
Reddick did the same to Gardner in the third inning, but he didn't have to jump as high.
Rookie Dan Straily (1-0, 6.35 ERA) will oppose left-handed veteran Andy Pettitte (3-2, 3.86 ERA). Straily is 16 years younger than Pettitte, and he was 7-years-old when Pettitte made his MLB debut.