Oakland Takes Series From New York to Catch Yanks in Standings

July 28: Oakland 5, New York 2

Oakland’s offense laid a balanced attack against New York’s Roger Clemens. Bert Campaneris scored two and drove in one.

Robinson Cano connected for three hits and scored both NY runs.

                  R  H BB
NY  001 000 100 - 2  6  2
OAK 001 021 01x - 5 11  5

HR: J. Canseco (1)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Clemens  6.0  4  4  0  3  3  
C. Bender   8.0  2  2  0  2  1 

NY 53-47, OAK 53-47

July 29: New York 5, Oakland 2

The score reversed the next day as the Yankees got a rare good start from their struggling rotation in the form of Bob Shawkey’s two runs allowed in seven innings.

Lou Gehrig increased his homer lead with his 27th blast, and recent call-up Don Mattingly went bonkers with a walk, two singles, two doubles, and three runs. After playing six games, Mattingly is hitting .520/.556/.800. He has already created more runs in 27 plate appearances than Kansas City’s Frank White has created in 346.

Phil Rizzuto also had a nice day with two walks, a double, and a triple.

                  R  H BB
NY  001 102 001 - 5 13  6
OAK 002 000 000 - 2  8  4

HR: L. Gehrig (27), R. Jackson (17)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
B. Shawkey  7.0  2  2  1  4  3  
B. Zito     5.0  4  4  1  6  2 

NY 54-47, OAK 53-48

Rube-Waddell-Portrait-1July 30: Oakland 2, New York 1

A fantastic duel between Waite Hoyt and Rube Waddell closed out the series. The Yanks got out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning after Mattingly drove in A-Rod with a double.

Mickey Mantle made a rare error in in sixth that put Reggie Jackson on, and Al Simmons drove Jackson in for the tying run.

It was still locked at 1-1 in the bottom of the eighth with two outs and nobody on when Home Run Baker laced his league-leading 17th triple. Hoyt was lifted in favor of Herb Pennock to get a lefty-lefty matchup against Mickey Cochrane, but Cochrane fisted a single to drive in the winning run.

Rube Waddell pitched his sixth consecutive nine-inning start, during which time his ERA is a microscopic 1.50. His season ERA is down to 3.15, seventh best in the loop. When you factor in Rube’s tremendous workload (only Walter Johnson has pitched more innings) Rube has saved the third most runs in the league. He struck out a season-high nine in this contest.

                  R H BB
NY  010 000 000 - 1 3  3
OAK 000 001 01x - 2 9  4

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
W. Hoyt     7.2  2  1  0  4  2  
R. Waddell  9.0  1  1  0  3  9 

NY 54-48, OAK 54-48
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