Game 85 | 46-39, 1st : The Yankees closed out their final homestand of the first half with a series victory over the Oakland A’s behind an outstanding performance by Masahiro Tanaka, and timely hitting from the offense. New York finally defeated nemesis Jesse Chavez and improved to a season-high 3 game lead in the American League East.
With the ‘table-setters’ at the top of the lineup restored — Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner going a combined 4-9 with 3 RBI — and the staff ace looking like one again, the Yankees rolled the Athletics for a 6-2 afternoon victory at The Stadium.
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.
Yankees 6, A’s 2
“Hopefully next week, I’m sure (my kids) will be there; we’ll go out onto the field for the (Home Run) Derby and stuff like that. It’ll be something special. I think they’ll enjoy it and it’ll be something hopefully — I know I’ll always remember and cherish — but they’ll realize a little later on how special it is.” ‐ Brett Gardner
(h/t: Mike Zacchio/LoHud)
FOOTNOTES : Tanaka’s last win was on June 9th over the Washington Nationals, out-dueling Max Scherzer and backed by a pair of home runs from Stephen Drew… Before today, Jesse Chavez qualified for the Yankee-Killer squad, entering today’s game with a 4-0, 1.63 ERA lifetime record against the club …