Yankees 6, Athletics 7: Walks Haunt Bombers

Yankees pitchers allowed seven walks to the A’s tonight as the Bombers dropped their fourth straight game to Oakland.

Jonathan Holder could not keep the Yankees ahead as he allowed Matt Chapman‘s first big-league hit to put the A’s ahead for good. Holder walked two batters in that inning. Four of the Athletics’ seven runs were walks that came around to score.

“I still believe in these guys. They’re not always going to be perfect,” manager Joe Girardi said about his bullpen. “They’re going to have their ups and downs and right now, we’re in a little downturn. But, that will turn back up and they’ll be really good again.”

Luis Severino did not have his best stuff, but he managed to keep the Yankees in the game. He gave up four earned runs through six innings of work. A’s starter Sean Manaea allowed five runs through six innings.

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Down 4-0, the Yankees stormed back into the game with a three-run home run by Aaron Judge. Recently recalled outfielder Mason Williams made his presence known as he tied the game with an RBI single in the fifth. The Yankees went ahead on a Chris Carter solo shot, and then added their sixth run on a Starlin Castro RBI single.

Chad Pinder drove in Rajai Davis with a sacrifice fly in the 7th, and that set the stage for Chapman to drive in the eventual game-winning run off Holder in the eighth. Santiago Casilla navigated around a walk to Judge to strike out the side in the ninth.

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Positive news for the Yankees comes as lefty closer Aroldis Chapman will rejoin the team on Sunday. The bullpen clearly needs help, and a dominating pitcher like Chapman is the perfect reinforcement. The Cuban started today for AA Trenton, and allowed an unearned run on no hits, two walks and two strikeouts. He only threw 20 pitches, but somehow managed to notch two wild pitches in that frame.

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