Vidal Nuño hit hard as Yankees lose to A's, 10-5
OAKLAND, Calif. - Afterward, it was time for the Yankees to look big-picture. Better that than focus on the general awfulness of their afternoon.
Sunday's 10-5 loss to the A's couldn't be completely swept out to the Bay, but there was this consolation: A three-city trip that started dreadfully in Kansas City ended with a 5-4 record.
"We would have liked to have won this series, but that's a very good team over there,'' Mark Teixeira said. "Overall, we played pretty well this trip.''
Joe Girardi partly echoed Teixeira, though he noted that entering Saturday, the Yankees were 5-2 on the trip. "I think if you were to say before you started a road trip on the West Coast that you're going to end up with a positive trip, you'd probably say, 'All right,' '' he said. "But when we were 5-2 and had a chance to have a really good road trip, it kind of stings a little bit. But you have to keep big-picture.''
The Yankees (35-33), still very much in the thick of the AL East race, are off Monday before starting a stretch of 15 straight games against division opponents. Toronto is up first at the Stadium Tuesday night, with Masahiro Tanaka facing former Patchogue-Medford star Marcus Stroman.
The A's (42-27), who came in ranked second in the majors in runs (341) and third in home runs (77) and on-base percentage (.332), had 12 hits, including three-run homers by Derek Norris and Coco Crisp, and took a 10-0 lead in the fourth. They led by nine runs before the Yankees -- who managed one run and five hits in six innings against Jesse Chavez (6-4, 2.93) -- could get an out in that inning.
The A's took control early against Vidal Nuño (1-3, 5.90), who was charged with a career-high eight runs in three innings-plus. "Just too many balls in the middle of the plate,'' Girardi said of Nuño, whom he plans to keep in the rotation, mostly because there aren't many other viable options. "He struggled early and was never able to recover.''
Crisp singled and went to second on Craig Gentry's infield hit to begin the first. An out later, Norris crushed Nuño's 3-and-1 slider to left for a 3-0 lead.
With one out in the second, Kyle Blanks reached on an infield single, No. 9 hitter Nick Punto singled and Crisp lined Nuño's 2-and-2 slider just over the wall down the leftfield line for a 6-0 lead. "They got some little hits here and there, then one pitch, bang,'' Nuño said.
After Blanks led off the fourth with his second single and Punto walked, Girardi replaced Nuño with rookie righthander Jose Ramirez. He walked Crisp to load the bases, then hit Gentry in the head with an 81-mph breaking pitch to make it 7-0. Yoenis Cespedes singled home two runs and Josh Donaldson snapped an 0-for-33 skid with an RBI single that made it 10-0.
"We have tomorrow off. I think it's needed,'' said Derek Jeter, who doubled and scored on Teixeira's double in the sixth, added a sacrifice fly and went 11-for-31 on the road trip. "It's been a long trip for us. I think we've played well. I think today was just one of those games, but I think for the most part, we've been playing pretty well as of late, and you need to continue because we're playing some division teams. I like what I've seen.''