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Yanks can't cash in on chances vs. Bailey, A's

New York avoids shutout in 209th straight game, tied for 3rd all-time
@goodforball
August 21, 2019

OAKLAND -- The Yankees generated the run they needed for history. They fell far short of building the offense required for victory. Home runs by Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge accounted for the Yankees’ scoring in their 6-2 loss Tuesday night to the Oakland A’s. Sanchez’s homer in the first

OAKLAND -- The Yankees generated the run they needed for history. They fell far short of building the offense required for victory.

Home runs by Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge accounted for the Yankees’ scoring in their 6-2 loss Tuesday night to the Oakland A’s. Sanchez’s homer in the first inning ensured the Yankees of scoring in their 209th consecutive game, tying the 2000-01 Reds for the Majors’ third-longest streak without being shut out. The Yankees hold the all-time record at 308 games without a shutout from Aug. 3, 1931, to Aug. 2, 1933, while the 1978-79 Brewers are second at 212 games.

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The Yankees didn’t strike again until the eighth, when Judge crushed Joakim Soria’s 1-0 fastball into the left-field seats. Statcast projected that the ball traveled 467 feet, making it Judge’s longest homer of the season and his first to left field.

"As long as they go over the fence and it adds runs, I’m happy with it,” Judge said. “Left or right or center. Just glad to get one.”

Nevertheless, manager Aaron Boone reveled in watching Judge jolt one, which has happened a little less frequently this year. His .848 OPS, though enviable, pales alongside the corresponding figures of 1.049 and .919 that he posted in 2017 and '18, respectively.

“It was good to see him really, really destroy one there,” Boone said. “The last couple days for him have been better days at the plate, where he’s got some results and hit some balls on the screws. I was encouraged, even his first at-bat where he struck out. He got some swings off where I thought he was completing his move.”

The Yankees actually out-hit Oakland, 11-9. But they went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. Their struggles at least partly could have been attributed to A’s starter Homer Bailey (11-8), who defeated New York for the second time this season, with the first victory coming while pitching for the Royals.

“We got a lot of hits but we just couldn’t get that hit to kind of put us over the top,” Boone said. “[There have] been a couple days of that where we’ve had some opportunities and haven’t been able to cash in.”

Judge explained that Bailey’s success resulted from “just mixing his pitches. He was able to throw that slider, especially that splitter of his, in any count -- especially with two strikes -- and kind of keep us off-balance. We got a lot of hits but just weren’t able to really get that big one with guys on base.”

Yankees starter Domingo German performed adequately but never recovered from yielding first-inning homers to Matt Olson and Mark Canha, which produced three runs.

German (16-3) ultimately allowed all six of Oakland’s runs (five earned), along with eight hits, in 5 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out seven. The right-hander insisted that performing with two extra days’ rest didn’t dull his skills.

“This is part of the game,” German said. “Some days you’re going to have a bad game. As a pitcher, you also have to understand that it will happen. The important thing for me is that I feel good. I just need to come out focused and strong for the next one.“

Olson’s homer, a two-run drive, was a simple matter of a hitter getting the best of a pitcher. German insisted that the 92-mph fastball he threw Olson was the delivery he wanted.

“That pitch, up and in for a lefty, is part of the way I wanted to attack him there,” German said. “You have to give him credit. Good swing.”

Chris Haft has covered the Major Leagues since 1991 and has worked for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @goodforball.