NEW YORK – The A’s had to turn to Sean Manaea with the knowledge that Kendall Graveman was unavailable to pitch and likely headed for the disabled list.
Manaea responded with a masterful showing in his first career performance in Yankee Stadium. The 25-year-old left-hander issued a leadoff walk to start the game, then settled in for some of the best innings of his career in what turned out to be a 4-1 win over the Yankees.
Through seven innings he allowed four hits, giving up a one-out double in the third, two-out singles in the fourth and sixth and a one-out single in the seventh. It gave the A’s just their third win in 10 May road games while getting Oakland to 22-25 overall.
That last hit had the potential to get Manaea in trouble when it was coupled with a catchers’ interference call against Stephen Vogt. But that error was quickly remedied when third baseman Trevor Plouffe initiated an inning-ending double play.
Manaea wound up with eight strikeouts and helped himself by picking off Aaron Judge at first base to end the fourth inning.
The game was a meeting between a Yankees team that leads the American League in home runs with 69 and an A’s team that had hit 68, tied with the Astros for second. The pitching was such, however, that neither team came close to hitting one out, or scoring at all. Neither team put a man past second base in the first six innings.
It wasn’t until Oakland forced Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka out of the game after he’d struck out a career-best 12 that the A’s got some offense…
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