A's Show True Grit in Sweep of Yankees
The Oakland A's needed 18 innings to get the job done. And they could have been the most stressful 18 innings of baseball I have ever seen in person.
Nate Freiman's one out bases loaded single off of closer Mariano Rivera gave the A's a 3-2 win over the New York Yankees. The win gave the A's a three game sweep of the Yankees.
Jarrod Parker pitched a great game as he settled in after giving up a first inning two run homerun to Robinson Cano. The A's would tie the game with two runs in the third inning, and that would be all the runs we would see until the 18th inning. Parker pitched eight innings allowing two runs on five hits, striking out two. Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda would also pitch eight innings of two run ball.
The Yankees left 14 runners on base including 10 in the extra innings. The 4-7 hitters of the Yankees line-up went a combine 0-28. Cano and Ichiro Suzuki had three hits each for the Yankees who had 10 total. Jesse Chavez, the games winning pitcher, pitched a solid five and two-thirds innings, while striking out a career high seven hitters. It was a breakout ball game for Chavez, as well as his first win of the season.
The Yankees would allow John Jaso to reach on a base hit in the 18th inning, setting up an appearance for closer Mariano Rivera, in what could be his final game at O.co Coliseum. Seth Smith would reach on a bloop single. Jed Lowrie would be intentionally walked by Rivera. The next hitter was young Rookie Nate Freiman, and one a 1-1 pitch Freiman would flair a single into left field that sent the crowd into a complete frenzie as the A's swept the Yankees in Oakland for the second time in consecutive series.
With the 3-2 victory, the A's would sweep the Yankees again. The Yankees have lost 7 straight games in Oakland. The A's are 9-1 in their last ten games against the Bronx Bombers. With the win, and a Texas Rangers loss, the A's now hold a two game lead in the American League West with the Seattle Mariners coming to town for Fathers Day weekend.