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A’s sweep Yankees, win fifth straight by one run

Jul 22, 2012, 8:26 PM EDT

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It took them 12 innings this time, but the A’s completed a four-game sweep of the Yankees on Sunday, this time winning 5-4. They’ve won five straight games by exactly one run.

The A’s are the first team since the 1999 Marlins to win five straight by the slimmers of margins.

The streak started with a 4-3 win over the Rangers on Thursday. They then beat the Yankees four straight: 4-3, 3-2, 2-1 and 5-4.

The Yankees actually jumped out to a 4-0 lead today, but the A’s came all of the way back. Brandon Inge and Kurt Suzuki homered in the fifth, and the A’s got another run in the sixth on an RBI groundout. Down 4-3 in the ninth, they got a game-tying home run from Seth Smith off Rafael Soriano. Coco Crisp won it in the 12th by singling in Derek Norris.

The victory improved the surprising A’s to 51-44, putting them into a tie with the Angels for second place in the AL West before the Angels play Texas tonight. The Angels, A’s and Orioles are all currently tied for the two wild card spots, with the White Sox one back.

  1. sictransitchris - Jul 22, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Per Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger, this is the first time the A’s have swept the Yankees since 1972.

    I can’t believe it.

    • hcf95688 - Jul 22, 2012 at 11:32 PM

      …its the first time the A’s have swept the Yankees – IN A FOUR GAME SERIES – since ’72. Not the first sweep.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 22, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Oakland will be in Toronto on Tuesday. Toronto just swept Boston. It will be interesting. If the roof is open, expect some home runs by the Jays.

    • jaysjunkie - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:00 AM

      We can’t seem to avoid running into hot teams, can we? Boston was pretty hot before the Jays got there and it just seems like it’s been happening more than usual this season for some reason.

  3. raiderdave - Jul 22, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Sictransitchris- First 4-game sweep since 1972. They swept the Yankees in 3 in 2001 thanks to a Jason Giambi walkoff. just some fun facts. :)

  4. surefooted1 - Jul 22, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    Cespedes is the real deal.

    • Kevin S. - Jul 22, 2012 at 10:13 PM

      Yoenis the Menace.

      • hcf95688 - Jul 22, 2012 at 11:34 PM

        We here in Nor Cal prefer “The Cuban Cannon”

      • clydeserra - Jul 23, 2012 at 3:34 AM

        We in NorCal do not prefer the idiotic name the second radio guy uses.

        La Potencia is way better

    • cur68 - Jul 22, 2012 at 11:45 PM

      We here in Beaver Land prefer “Shirtless Training Montage” or “STM” for short. When STM comes to bat, his bats…they are not afraid.

  5. kkolchak - Jul 22, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Hey, someone alert Randydope from NYC that here is an actual Yankees story he can comment on. 😀

  6. randygnyc - Jul 22, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    This losing streak is a national tragedy and must end ASAP.

    The silver lining is that maybe with the trade deadline looming Cashman will get something huge done. Even if it means taking on a huge contract and cutting the player, just to get the piece we are after. The $189M target is for 2014. Gotta win NOW!!!!!

    • pisano - Jul 22, 2012 at 9:51 PM

      randy…. don’t get too worried, there’s still no one in the AL east that’s better, and hopefully Cashman will be a little more concerned and make a move, but as it is they’ll win the AL east.

      • cur68 - Jul 22, 2012 at 11:44 PM

        Win it by a mile. Seriously: losing one series does not ruin the season. They’ll bounce back. They are just too good.

      • deathmonkey41 - Jul 23, 2012 at 10:14 AM

        Who cares? They’ll lose in the first round of the playoffs because they can’t generate any offense unless they hit homeruns. They had an opportunity to win every game of that series- the pitching gave them a chance every time, but they couldn’t move runners along if their lives depended on it. Part of that was the A’s pitching, but part of that is also the A’s pitchers knowing the Yankees are swinging for the fences and pitching them accordingly. Tex was on 2nd base with no outs in the bottom of the 12th with Cano, A-Rod, Ibanez, and Chavez coming up and they could not move him over to third. Couldn’t even move him over one base. That’s the Yankees season in a nutshell. Craig and his minions can make snarky comments and act like any Yankees fan who is concerned is just feels entitled, but the fact that they can’t scratch out wins is just bad baseball. They need to find a speedy outfielder that can steal a base, bunt, and put pressure on pitchers.

  7. dunkindan - Jul 22, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Oakland is exciting right now

  8. sparty0n - Jul 22, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Interesting stat- Inge has 45 total hits and 9 of them are HR.

    • schlom - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:20 AM

      That’s nothing. Adam Dunn has 66 hits of which 28 are homers – 42%. Inge is at a measly 20%.

  9. butchhuskey - Jul 22, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Billy Beane now looks like a genius for the moves he made in the offseason

  10. butchhuskey - Jul 22, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    To quote Moneyball : “What is happening in Oakland? It defies everything we know about baseball”

  11. raidernation831 - Jul 22, 2012 at 11:33 PM

    Go A’s!!!!! So fun to watch. Everyone is contributing on this run. Starting pitching, bullpen, offense, defense, even the bench guys are coming through in big ways.

  12. cur68 - Jul 22, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    I’ll be happy to see the A’s. Cespedes is making The Great & Powerful Beane seem like a genius. The Beav MUST come to play on tuesday, otherwise they are done like dinner.

  13. hcf95688 - Jul 23, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    The BASH is back! Gotta love these Swingin’ A’s!

  14. APBA Guy - Jul 23, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Nineteen comments for an A’s series. Has to be a record of its own :)

    • raiderdave - Jul 23, 2012 at 1:33 AM

      See what sweeping the YANKEES does for us?! 😉

  15. joelwrobinson - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    A’s baseball!! WOOOOOHOOOOOO!!!!!!!

  16. randygnyc - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:31 AM

    Tip my hat to the A’s. Out pitched us, starters and relievers, out hit us, out defended us and finally out ran us.
    All aspects for this series.
    All flags ate half mast at my home in Minnesota. My building manager has been advised to lower the flag on my NYC balcony until further notice. My snark abilities seem to be suppressed, for an unexplained reason.

  17. Dave Barker - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:02 AM

    So glad the headlines here and at ESPN read “A’s sweep Yanks” instead of “Yanks get swept”. Important difference regarding bias.

  18. aceshigh11 - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    So what?

    The Yankees are still going to walk away with the AL East. The season’s already over for every other team in that division.

    • jaysjunkie - Jul 23, 2012 at 11:03 AM

      You’re right, but I have to ask: are you related to dirtyharry?

  19. 454ss - Jul 23, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    As a yanks fan i say hats off to the A’s,BUT don’t get to used to it!

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