Athletics 7, Yankees 0
NEW YORK (AP)—Seven All-Stars, one hit.
New York’s lethargic performance, which included another flop by the bullpen apparently left reliever Scott Proctor so steamed that he set several pieces of his equipment on fire after the game.
Damon thought the Yankees hit some balls hard and were particularly unlucky, but catcher Jorge Posada was more critical of his team.
“Luck comes when you go after it. It seems like there are times we go through the motions and today was one of those games,” Posada said. “I think everyone knows what I’m talking about.”
Long after the final out in a virtually empty stadium, there was a small fire burning in front of New York’s dugout. According to an MLB.com report, it was Proctor torching his gear.
“I wouldn’t trust myself right now, not the way I’m throwing,” Proctor said. “It’s pretty pathetic.”
Light-hitting Jason Kendall was 3-for-3 with a homer and a walk to lead an Oakland offense that ranks 13th out of 14 AL teams in runs scored. Shannon Stewart and Dan Johnson also homered for the A’s, who won for only the second time in nine tries and are 5-13 in their last 18 games.
“Everything was working good. I had a good rhythm, a good tempo,” Gaudin said after tossing seven crisp innings. “We’ve been having a tough little road trip, so this is a real positive.”
Did Gaudin have no-hit type stuff?
“He had one-hitter type stuff,” Yankees captain Derek Jeter said. “He pitched well, that’s the bottom line.”
Jeter was pulled in the ninth because he’s been nursing some tendinitis in his right knee, manager Joe Torre said. Jeter said he was fine, and Torre guessed the shortstop would play Sunday.
Haren is 3-0 with a 3.11 ERA in six career starts against New York, including 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA in two outings at Yankee Stadium.
“It doesn’t get any easier,” Damon said.
Playing with seven All-Stars in the starting lineup, the sputtering Yankees (37-40) have dropped eight of 10 after an 11-1 stretch.
“We were hearing a lot of talk that, `Here come the Yankees,’ and then all of a sudden we hit the road trip and things went south,” Damon said.
The Yankees, who won the series opener 2-1 on Friday night, have not scored in 16 innings. It was the fifth straight completed game in which they failed to score more than two runs. They led 8-6 Thursday night in Baltimore when that game was suspended due to rain.
“We’ll think about the lineup. We’ll have one for you tomorrow, but I don’t know what it’s going to be,” Torre said.
Damon hit a grounder up the middle off Gaudin with one out in the sixth, drawing a long ovation from the sellout crowd of 54,150. Gaudin (7-3) walked Bobby Abreu with two outs, but came back from a 3-0 count to strike out Alex Rodriguez and keep the score 4-0.
“I didn’t think it would be the only hit we got,” Damon said before responding to recent criticism of Torre and general manager Brian Cashman. “It’s not their fault. We’re a lot better team than we have shown.”
Igawa was pulled in the seventh, but Torre doesn’t have many answers in his bullpen. The A’s broke it open on Nick Swisher’s two-out, two-run double off Proctor and Eric Chavez’s RBI double against lefty Mike Myers.
Both Yankees relievers were booed as they trudged off the mound.
Gaudin walked three and struck out four, winning for the first time in five outings. He was 0-2 with a 6.35 ERA in his previous three starts.
“I have no idea about pitching. I just know he looked good out there,” Johnson said.
Harden threw the final two innings, walking two and striking out two. After spending nine weeks on the disabled list, the right-hander is working out of the bullpen as he builds up arm strength for a return to the rotation.
It was Oakland’s first one-hitter since April 8, 2006, at Seattle. The last time the Yankees managed only one hit was Sept. 28, when Baltimore’s Daniel Cabrera carried a no-hitter into the ninth before Robinson Cano singled with one out.
“Unfortunately, we were easy for him,” Torre said, referring to Gaudin. “We should be capable of more offensively. We just made easy outs. I don’t say anybody was just phoning it in, but we made easy outs.”
It was the AL-best eighth shutout of the season for Oakland, which leads the league in ERA. The Yankees were blanked for the fifth time.
“Anytime you one-hit the Yankees, you’re doing something right,” Swisher said.
Making his second start since he was recalled from the minors, Igawa (2-2) allowed four runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings. The left-hander has given up a team-high 11 homers in 41 2-3 major league innings.
“He was a lot better than the last time. Hopefully, we’re headed in the right direction,” Torre said. “I thought he pitched well, but we didn’t give him much to work with. That puts a lot of pressure on a pitcher.”
Oakland moved to 1-4 in New York during its season-long 10-game road trip. The A’s were swept by the Mets last weekend. … Oakland has not made an error in its last six games. … New York lost for the second time in its last 11 home games.
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