Yankees confidence has ‘grown as a group’ despite loss to the A’s in series opener

New York Yankees, DJ LeMahieu
May 29, 2019; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (26) watches his solo home run against the San Diego Padres during the first inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees couldn’t extend their winning streak and fell to the Oakland A’s in an electric Yankee Stadium, 5-3. However, after staging three come-from-behind wins against Toronto in Buffalo earlier in the week, all of which the Bombers were losing in the seventh inning or later, the group’s overall confidence level has gone way up.

“I felt like we were going to come back, one way or another,” Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu said according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. “We just couldn’t put much together, but I think our confidence has grown as a group, for sure, in those situations.”

LeMahieu, who is starting to heat up, homered in the defeat. The key moment was Wandy Peralta allowing a three-run home run to Tony Kemp in the sixth frame that proved to be the difference in the hotly contested ballgame.

“I’m trying to execute my pitch down and away, and I felt like I had a good chance to get out of that inning,” Peralta said through an interpreter. “Unfortunately, I missed my spot and that’s what happens here in the big leagues. You miss your spot here with big league hitters and you pay the price.”

Rougned Odor also homered for the Yankees in the losing cause.

“There’s obviously frustration that we didn’t go out and pull one out tonight, but we’ve got a quick turnaround and a tough opponent again tomorrow,” Boone said. “We’ve got to come out ready to roll.”

Yankees fans made their presence felt

The game signified the largest paid attendance of the season so far for the Yankees. A total of 24,037 people paid their tickets, about half of the stadium capacity.

They sure made their presence felt.

“The bleachers were getting after it tonight,” LeMahieu said. “That was definitely noticeable. It’s just great to have everyone back. I can’t wait for these big games this summer, to have the fans. It’s going to help our team, for sure.”