The A’s stopped the Yanks 6-4 on Saturday ending New York’s eight-game winning streak. The Red Sox beat the O’s and now trail the Yanks by just a game-and-a-half.
Alfredo Aceves couldn’t wriggle out of a 7th inning jam–a couple of soft base hits and a drive into the right center gap–did him in. The Yanks started the inning up 1-0, with Andy Pettitte throwing a gem, and it ended with them down 6-1. Still, a couple of homers (Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira) in the eighth made it exciting and when they put two men on to start the ninth it wasn’t hard to imagine them coming back and winning. But it wasn’t meant to be as Jorge Posada bounced into a 4-6-3 double play to squarsh the rally. Gio Gonzalez threw a nifty game for Oakland, allowing just a couple of hits. He had a good breaking pitch and fine control.
Paul O’Neill was in good form in the broadcast booth with his comedy partner Michael Kay and color man Al Leiter. At one point, they discussed their Saturday night plans. Leiter said that he was going out on a date with his wife. “Who is going to babysit the kids?” said Kay.
“You are,” said O’Neill. “That’s going to be our text pole in the seventh inning: ‘Who is going to watch Al’s kids tonight?’ And the answer is Michael, Michael and Mr. Kay.”
Ahh, wocka, wocka, wocka.