CC Sabathia allowed five runs (four earned) and seven hits in 3 1/3 innings as the Yankees dropped their second straight game with a 6-3 loss to the Oakland A's on Monday at Oakland Coliseum. >> Box score
1) Sabathia (7-6) only has one win since July 9 and struggled from the get-go, giving up three runs in the first inning. He allowed an RBI single to Khris Davis, issued a bases-loaded walk to Matt Olson and surrendered another run on a Miguel Andujar error.
2) The Yankees' 2-6 hitters combined to go 0-for-15 with eight strikeouts. Giancarlo Stanton went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts while Gary Sanchez struck out with two runners on to end the eighth inning.
3) A's starting pitcher Trevor Cahill (6-3) allowed three runs (two earned) and four hits in five innings, while Oakland's bullpen combined to throw four hitless innings.
4) The Yankees scored on Aaron Hicks' first-inning sac fly and Luke Voit's two-run homer in the second inning, but recorded just one hit after the second inning.
Highlights from Monday's game
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As suspected, the trip to Oakland is not going to be an easy one.
Sabathia, who pitched to a fine 2.70 ERA in 26 2/3 innings in August, spun a dud in front of his "hometown" fans in his first start of September. Sabathia did himself no favors, allowing runners on base in each inning of his abbreviated start. He simply could not find a rhythm despite his best efforts. While the A's made the most of their scoring chances, the Yankees couldn't push across any runs after the second inning.
The Yankees seemed poised to go toe to toe with Oakland's potent offense, scoring three runs in the first couple of innings behind Voit's sixth home run in just 55 at-bats in pinstripes. However, the Athletics' pitchers thwarted a couple of rallies as the Yankees went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position, which is a continuing issue for the club.
J.A. Happ (15-6, 4.00 ERA) takes the hill for the Yankees in the second game of a three-game set against the Oakland A's at Oakland Coliseum on Tuesday at 10:05 p.m.