By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The New York Yankees are getting used to playing in the American League Wild Card game for an opportunity to advance in the playoffs. For the second straight season, they have been able to win this game.
The Yankees defeated the Oakland Athletics, 7-2, on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.
New York will now play the Boston Red Sox, their arch rival, in the first game of the American League Divisional Series. The series will start on Friday with a 7:32 pm EST start.
Both Boston and New York have won 100 or more games this season. The Red Sox led all of Major League Baseball with 108 wins.
The Athletics season came to an end and manager Bob Melvin may question his decision to use a “bullpen game” in this content. They ended their campaign with a 97-65 record.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Giancarlo Stanton increased the Yankees lead. He hit a monster 443-foot shot to left field to make the score 7-2.
The Athletics were able to get on the board in the top of the eighth. Khris Davis hit a 351-foot home run to right field that also scored Jed Lowrie.
The Yankees were leading 6-0 in the sixth inning, as Didi Gregorius hit a sacrifice fly to left field. On the play, Luke Voit rushed to the plate from third base after tagging up.
It was a really close play, as Voit may have been tagged out by Athletics catcher Jonathan Lucroy. The officials called Voit safe.
A short time earlier, Voit hit a shot to deep right field that he thought was a home run. However, it turned out to be a triple, but he was able to score Stanton and Aaron Hicks.
Hicks also knocked in Aaron Judge to make it 3-0 in the sixth inning when he doubled to right center.
The Yankees took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Judge hit a two-run 427-foot home run to left field. Andrew McCutchen scored on the play.
New York pitcher Dellin Betances received the win after going two innings. He struck out three hitters and did not allow a hit or a run during his appearance.
Oakland pitcher Liam Hendriks received the loss. He went one inning to begin the game and allowed a two-run home run to Judge, while striking out one and walking one.