Things weren’t looking good for the New York Yankees (78-50) in their finale against the Oakland Athletics (59-71) on Thursday.
Then much like the sky, the Yankees offense opened up for 22 runs in a comeback victory, avoiding a three-game sweep against the A’s. The Bombers trailed 7-1 after three innings, before the offensive fireworks took over.
Leading that offensive fireworks were Robinson Cano (22) , Russell Martin (17) and Curtis Granderson (36) who each recorded a grand slam, to lead the Yankees in becoming the first team to his three slams in one game.
Martin began the Yankees comeback attempt with a homer in the bottom of the fourth inning, which cut the Athletics lead to 7-2. Cano’s slam in the bottom of the fifth put the Bombers to within one run, before Martin’s second bomb put them ahead.
In the bottom of the seventh and eighth the Bombers really poured on the runs, tallying 12 total to complete the 22-9 rout over Oakland.
The Yankees are slated to head down to Baltimore to face the Orioles for a three-game set starting on Friday. With Hurricane Irene also scheduled to hit the area during the course of the weekend, things may get washed out.
If the series on Friday does start the Yankees will send out starter A.J. Burnett (9-10, 4.96 ERA) to take on Tommy Hunter (2-2, 4.95 ERA) with the first pitch slated for 7:05 p.m.