OAKLAND — The Yankees’ miserable West Coast road trip is mercifully over, and it should be a quiet six-hour flight back home.
The free-falling Bombers were swept by the last-place Athletics, and return to New York having lost a season-high six games in a row.
On Sunday, they were defeated 4-3 by the A’s at the dump known as Oakland Coliseum, capping a 1-6 swing that began with a victory last Monday in Anaheim but got steadily worse from there.
It was the first time the Yankees have been swept in a series this season.
Aroldis Chapman back with Yankees after stint on disabled list
In the ninth, Didi Gregorius reached on a two-base error with one out, but Chase Headley struck out and Chris Carter hit a foul pop to first to end the game.
Luis Cessa, making a start in place of the injured CC Sabathia, was tagged for four runs on five hits in four innings.
Aroldis Chapman, in his return from the DL, pitched a 1-2-3 eighth. Statcast had him clocked at as high as 102.2 mph.
Matt Holliday and Didi Gregorius homered for the Yankees in a losing cause. Aaron Judge added an RBI single.
Gleyber Torres, Yankees’ top prospect, placed on disabled list
PLAY OF THE GAME
The sun was really bad in Oakland, where the temperature was 90 degrees. It was the hottest day at the ballpark since 2008. Anyway, with two outs in the second inning, Matt Chapman hit a ball toward left. Three Yankees converged on it, but none of them seemed to be able to see it. That’s when Brett Gardner came through and made a nice catch.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Khris Davis hit a 442-foot, two-run homer with two outs in the third inning. Davis later added a leadoff double in the sixth.
The Yankees led 2-0 on Matt Holliday’s 433-foot solo homer leading off the second inning and Aaron Judge’s RBI single with one out in the third. But it quickly evaporated, as the A’s tagged Luis Cessa for four runs on four hits in the third.
STAT OF THE GAME
Bombers’ starting pitchers in the A’s series compiled a 7.78 ERA, giving up a combined 17 earned runs on 24 hits in 19.2 innings
Jharel Cotton, who entered with a 5.52 ERA, allowed three runs on six hits in 6.1 innings.
In his return to the starting lineup after a brief absence, Gary Sanchez went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
Tuesday vs. LAA, 7:05 p.m. Michael Pineda (7-3, 3.71 ERA) vs. Parker Bidwell (1-0, 2.79)
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