New York Yankees rout A’s to set up ALDS showdown with Boston Red Sox
Aaron Judge got the party started with a two-run homer nine pitches in. Luis Severino let loose a primal scream after escaping a bases-loaded jam with 100mph heat. Giancarlo Stanton capped the mauling with monstrous drive in the postseason debut.
From the earliest inning on, there’s no doubt. Next stop with the Yankees: Fenway Park plus the rival Red Sox.
Going ahead quickly against reliever-turned-starter Liam Hendriks, the Yankees pounded the Oakland Athletics 7-2 Wednesday night to win their second straight AL wild card game.
Severino atoned for flopping as part of his postseason debut this past year, and late-season spark Luke Voit added a two-run triple off Blake Treinen in a very four-run sixth, missing your dream house run by inches. Stanton added 443-foot drive off the Oakland closer during the eighth that landed in left field’s second deck, completing a power show via the team that set a leading league record for many home runs inside of a season.
After a kind of boisterous Bronx celebrations that once was an October staple, the Yankees normally takes a train to Boston for that best-of-five Division Series starting Friday, a matchup of 100-win heavyweights. By way of the late innings, the sellout crowd was chanting “We want Boston!”
The Red Sox went 10-9 about the Yankees at the moment.
For Oakland, it the hottest disappointing defeat in what has stretched into decades of disappointment. The A’s have forfeit eight straight winner-take-all postseason games since beating Willie Mays along with the Big apple Mets in Game 7 of the 1973 World Series, and dropped all four of these postseason matchups contrary to the Yankees.
New York had become the first team because the 2001 A’s to realize triple digits in wins and forget to finish first – the Red Sox set a group record with 108 victories.
Yankees fans fretted an all-or-nothing knockout match, thinking into not too long ago when Severino fell behind Minnesota 3-0 just 10 pitches in. New york city rallied with an 8-4 win with the Twins, even so the memory used to be raw.
Severino was 14-2 with the All-Star break this current year but slumped badly within the second half, and rookie manager Aaron Boone’s decision to get started the 24-year-old right-hander against the A’s in place of JA Happ or Masahiro Tanaka was intensely debated – the argument Boone helpful to enjoy as being a television analyst who broadcast last year’s wild card game.
Severino made the move appear as if genius. He threw nine fastballs from a 10-pitch first inning, then counted on sliders and chanegups. He struck out seven his very first time that over the batting order, got having difficulties inside the fourth before striking out Marcus Semien on his fastest pitch on the night – 99.6mph within the letters. He showed his emotion and looked spent despite without needing allowed popular.
And he was.
Jonathan Lucroy and Nick Martini singled leading heli-copter flight fifth, and Boone signaled for Dellin Betances to cure.
This time, he had a no decision have fun with.
Betances retired Matt Chapman on the liner to right and Jed Lowrie on the fly to center, then struck out big league great hit champion Khris Davis having a slider. Betances gleefully backpedaled off of the mound.
New York opened a 6-0 lead towards the bottom half. Judge started it by using a double – his grounder hit with regards to a foot foul just after dark batter’s box, then twisted fair later on. Aaron Hicks followed with another doubles off Fernando Rodney.
After Treinen walked Stanton, and Voit hit an opposite-field drive to right, thinking that it was a house run and raising his right arm when you’re at bat. He chugged into third together with his first big league triple and let loose using a holler.
The burly Voit tumbled round the plate, actually building a nifty slide, only to cause it to be home on Didi Gregorius’ sacrifice fly.
Betances (the winner) pitched the best sixth and David Robertson a 1-2-3 seventh. Davis hit a two-run homer off Zach Britton inside eighth, and Aroldis Chapman finished the five-hitter.
Oakland would be a little engine which could, coming off three straight last-place finishes and last in opening-day payroll before creeping about 28th following midseason acquisitions to bolster its injury devastated pitching staff. The A’s had been win 97 games despite a half-dozen starting pitchers getting hurt.
Short on options, A’s managed Bob Melvin chosen baseball’s latest fad: starting a reliever.
Hendriks, coming off seven straight shutout starts one inning in September following his return from the minor leagues, walked Andrew McCutchen leading off, and select drove a fastball covering the left-field scoreboard.
Hendriks (the loser) had not allowed your house run since 24 June, a night before he was cut within the major league roster.
It was just the next home run since 21 July for Judge, who missed seven weeks with a broken right wrist before returning in mid-September. He joined Reggie Jackson because the only Yankees heading to four home runs of their first seven postseason home games for New York.