Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Yankees Go Down Quietly

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Yankees Go Down Quietly

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NEW YORK - The weight of the Yankees' losing condition had transferred to Chasen Shreve late Thursday night.

Entering a tie game in the seventh, the lefty reliever arrived at the Yankee Stadium mound with one solitary thought: "We've been struggling and I want to put up a zero, especially in this situation," Shreve said.

All it took were two wayward fastballs to wreck that plan.

Khris Davis and Coco Crisp homered on consecutive Shreve pitches to start the Oakland seventh, sending the Athletics toward a 7-3 win and a three-game sweep of the Yankees - a team that has lost seven of its last eight games.

"Frustrating, that's for sure," Alex Rodriguez said. "We're going to get better but it should start [tonight]."

An agitated crowd of 33,818 watched the A's (9-7) use the Bronx Bombers' anticipated winning formula of bullpen strength and the long ball to win their fifth straight.

"It's just tough when you're playing the way we are and you're trying to salvage a win out of this series," said manager Joe Girardi, after the Yanks (5-9) were swept by Oakland in the Bronx for just the second time since 1995. "We're just going through a hard time right now and we've got to fight through it."

But they haven't had much ammunition to battle with.

The Yanks have averaged just 2.25 runs per game during this skid, and their three hits with runners in scoring position Thursday couldn't overcome Oakland's four home runs.

Nursing a 2-1 lead, Luis Severino's flat, two-out slider in the fifth was crushed by Mark Canha for a tying solo home run to right. Against Shreve (1-1), Davis clobbered a homer to center and Crisp sent his to the second deck in left field for a 4-2 lead.

"Just kind of the way things are going right now," said Girardi, who watched A's lefty Rich Hill (2-2) strike out 10 in six innings, yielding one earned run.

"Everybody gets frustrated when we're not playing well, but I don't think anybody's more frustrated than the players," said Brett Gardner, who entered the game in the seventh; he'd been out of the lineup the past two days due to a stiff neck. …

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