August 18, 2009

Yankees shut out by Tomko

Talk about revenge. The Yankees released Brett Tomko on July 29, but really never gave him many chances to prove himself. So Tomko finds a perfect nesting spot in Oakland where he can eat innings and try to earn another contract for 2010. Last night’s shutout performance led his A’s (53-65) past the Yankees (74-45) to a 3-0 victory.

Quick ‘Cap:
Yanks hurler A.J. Burnett melted down in the fourth inning, allowing the A’s to break the scoreless drought and put a three spot on the scoreboard. One run even scored on a balk, but he would have scored anyway after Mark Ellis’ double. Three runs scored in the frame, and that was it for the game.

Tomko lasted five innings, but the bullpen was lights out for the A’s. Burnett pitched all eight innings, so at least in a loss the pen was saved. Full box score here.

This is one of those games that you have to top your cap to a player with a lot of heart. Tomko handled his former team last night, and also handled the media in a first class manner.

Line of the Night:
Derek Jeter: 3-for-4. He is red hot: Eight for his last 12, and 17 for his last 31. He’s up to .327 on the year.

Up Next:
The Yankees will look to even the series tonight against Vin Mazzaro (4-8, 5.54) with CC Sabathia (13-7, 3.64) on the hill.

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