The Yankees extended their road trip winning streak to four straight games after beating the A’s in the first game of a three-game set, 7-0, Friday night at the O.co Coliseum in Oakland.
The Yankees’ David Phelps held the Oakland A’s to two hits through six innings, striking out four and walking three. “It’s definitely one of the best starts of my career,” Phelps said.
A’s starter Sonny Gray gave up three early runs in the first two innings before settling down leaving the game in the sixth inning. Gray struck out seven, walked one and allowed seven Yankee hits.
Derek Jeter, playing a regular season series in Oakland for the last time, went 2 for 4 and scored one run.
Jeter received a standing ovation from the A’s Coliseum crowd in his first at-bat but quickly reverted back to the visiting villain in his final three at-bats with memories of the playoff game 2001 flip that arguably cost the A’s the AL Championship series.
Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 17 games with an RBI single in the first inning.
The Yankees took batting practice against A’s reliever Jeff Francis in the eighth inning scoring 4 runs on five hits to break open a 3-0 game. Ichiro Suzuki drove in two runs and Brian McCann and Kelly Johnson each contributed RBI singles.
After sweeping three games from the Seattle Mariners earlier in the week, the Yankees finalize their road trip with two more games in Oakland trying to redeem themselves for losing 2 of 3 games against Oakland earlier in the month at Yankee Stadium.
David Phelps, sporting a 1-4 record coming into the game, was brilliant in keeping the A's lineup baffled.
The Athletics suffered their worst loss of the season with the 7-0 drubbing.
Fireworks after the game and having the Yankees in town, sold out the O.co Coliseum including all three levels of suites in Mt. Davis, the lofty centerfield addition built for Oakland Raider seating capacity.
The A's, owning the best record in the American League, will throw All-Star game bound Scott Kazmir (7-2) against the Yankees Hiroki Kuroda (4-4) Saturday night.