August 25: Oakland 8, New York 7
Rube Waddel twirled a complete game for Oakland and was excellent in eight of his nine innings. He lost it completely for a while in the fifth inning when nine Yanks reached and seven scored, and the A’s fell behind 1-7. But the Oakland offense stormed back against the pitiful NY pitching and defense and scored seven unanswered runs of their own to squeak out the win. Home Run Baker walked, smacked two singles, and homered. Reggie Jackson, Jason Giambi, and Jose Canseco also dropped bombs for Oakland
August 26: Oakland 10, New York 3
Lefty Gomez deftly maneuvered through the Yankees lineup against everyone not named Derek Jeter (who was 3-for-3 with a walk and three stolen bases), while the Oakland offense detonated with seven walks and 17 hits. Eddie Collins walked four times and added a single. Home Run Baker hit another dinger, his sixth homer of the season but second in the last two days.
August 27: New York 16, Oakland 7
The Yankee bats exploded the way they have to to make up for their run-prevention woes in the finale. Eight of the nine Yanks reached safely more than once, and all Alex Rodriguez, the one who didn’t reach more than once, could muster was a three-run dinger. Mickey Mantle, Charlie Keller, and Babe Ruth also added circuit clouts. NY racked up nine walks and 17 hits, most of them against starter Tim Hudson and reliever Eddie Rommel.
Still, time is running short for the Yankees to make a turnaround, who find themselves nine games back with five teams ahead of them. The A’s on the other hand won their fourth straight series and have catapulted into second place, four games back