June 22: Oakland 4, New York 1
Tim Hudson made another strong start for Oakland and brought his ERA down to 3.02, sixth best in the league. Mickey Mantle reached base four times atop the Yankees lineup, including two doubles, but his mates never could knock him home. The Yanks stranded 13, including leaving the bases loaded in both the eighth and ninth innings against Dennis Eckersley.
R H BB OAK 021 000 001 - 4 8 5 NY 000 100 000 - 1 10 5 HR: none starters IP R ER HR BB SO T. Hudson 7.0 1 1 0 1 0 R. Caldwell 7.0 3 3 0 3 2 OAK 38-35, NY 43-30
June 23: Oakland 10, New York 6
Yikes. Roger Clemens had been on a good roll for New York over his last six starts, but this one blew up in his face about as bad as a game can. He only faced eight batters, two of whom he walked, three singled, two doubled, one hit a sac-fly, and seven scored. Herb Pennock came on in relief and couged up three more runs in the inning but followed that up with six shutout innings. The A’s didn’t score again after their 10 run first inning, but they didn’t need to.
Chief Bender wasn’t exactly great for Oakland, but Rube Walberg was. Walberg threw the final five innings of the game and held NY scoreless.
Eddie Collins had a four-hit day, including a double and a triple just in the first inning.
R H BB OAK 1000 000 000 - 10 14 5 NY 320 100 000 - 6 13 3 HR: none starters IP R ER HR BB SO C. Bender 4.0 6 6 0 1 5 R. Clemens 0.1 7 7 0 2 0 OAK 39-35, NY 43-31
June 24: Oakland 4, New York 3 (11 innings)
New York got the kind of “stopper” start they needed from Waite Hoyt, who gave up just one in seven innings. They maybe should have left him in longer, because as soon as Hoyt handed Goose Gossage a 2-1 lead in the top of the eighth, Eddie Collins took a walk and Jimmie Foxx blasted a go-ahead homer.
The Yanks fought back in the bottom of the ninth to even the score. Bernie Williams led off with a double and Derek Jeter drove in the tying run with a single.
Mark McGwire made just his 13th start for Oakland and was 0-4 when he dug in against Mariano Rivera in the 11th. Big Mac crushed a no doubter for his first dinger of the year. Justin Duchscherer has been having one of the more miserable seasons in the league so far, but enjoyed this one as he closed out the last 1.2 innings for Oakland. He struck out Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and Tony Lazzeri consecutively to finish an impressive Oakland sweep.
The Yankees didn’t homer a single time in the series. Lou Gehrig was 1-for-5 with a single in all three games and hasn’t collected an extra-base hit in his last five games. Maybe he is partially human after all.
Oakland seems to be recovering from a rough patch and have won 10 of their last 14.
R H BB OAK 000 000 120 01 - 4 9 2 NY 010 001 001 00 - 3 6 5 HR: J. Foxx (12), H.R. Baker (2), M. McGwire (1) starters IP R ER HR BB SO B. Zito 5.1 2 2 0 5 4 W. Hoyt 7.0 1 1 1 0 0 OAK 40-35, NY 43-32