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Athletics defeat Yankees in 18 innings, sweep three-game series

Jun 13, 2013, 10:09 PM EDT

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It took five hours and 34 minutes, but the Athletics finished off a three-game sweep of the Yankees with a 3-2 win in 18 innings this evening at O.Co Coliseum.

Nate Freiman played hero for the Athletics, as he dropped a one-out single into left field off Mariano Rivera to drive in John Jaso for the winning run. Preston Claiborne began the inning and got Derek Norris to ground out to second base, but he was pulled in favor of Rivera after he gave up a single to Jaso. Rivera then allowed a bloop single to Seth Smith and intentionally walked Jed Lowrie to set-up Freiman for the game-winning hit.

By the way, this was the latest that Rivera had ever pitched in a game. Yes, even in his 19th and final season, the all-time saves leader still has some firsts left.

The Athletics nearly won the game three innings earlier on a single by Coco Crisp. However, Vernon Wells made a strong throw to the plate and Chris Stewart held on after a collision with Brandon Moss to get the out.

The Yankees got a two-run homer from Robinson Cano off Jarrod Parker in the first inning, but they were held off the board for the next 17 frames. Mark Teixeira, Travis Hafner, Kevin Youkilis, and Wells went a combined 0-for-28 and had three strikeouts each. Ouch.

This is the third game this month to go 18 innings or more, joining Rangers-Blue Jays (18 innings) and Marlins-Mets (20 innings) from this past Saturday. As ESPN’s Jayson Stark notes, that doesn’t happen often.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Whatever magic the Yankee hitters had early in the season is gone. Their bats have gone very cold.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      It will be entertaining to see if the “Yankee magic!” storyline regresses to the “Ohhhh, all the injuries and age” excuse from before the season.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:08 AM

        The reason it was considered magic early on is because of the injury/age issues, not instead of the injury/age issues.

  2. duckthefodgers - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Keep steriods out but Im all for altering the ball next year for better offense.

  3. dondada10 - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    Great article: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/the-hidden-juggernaut-in-oakland/

  4. hcf95688 - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Robinson Cano is the only hitter in that lineup.

  5. butchhuskey - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    The A’s can no longer be ignored. They are one of the best teams in baseball (perhaps the deepest) and will continue to be if Beane can keep most of this roster in tact for the next couple years.

  6. Old Gator - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Where’s APBA Guy? I assume he’s apoplectic with ecstasy and unable to find his way to his keyboard at the moment.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      I expect a full rundown in the morning. The night is for celebrating!

  7. historiophiliac - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Doom!

  8. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    Silver linings for Yankee fans:

    They are putting a lot of runners in scoring position. While they have failed to take advantage (at all) you have to figure that eventually they will start cashing in on at least a small percentage of those.

    Pitching, all though the team, has been nothing short of phenomenal.

  9. pisano - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    The Yankees have absolutely no offense, don’t be surprised to see another sweep in Anaheim, the Angels have owned them for years. Hey Cashman, it’s time to make some trades for some offense, if not the Yankees are looking at fourth place at best.

  10. alwaysdodgers - Jun 14, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    I was at an angels and dodgers game last year, at Angel stadium. And the series before that, the dodgers were swept by the A’s. at the time the A’s weren’t the best, and an angel fan were heckling us by telling us that we were “swept by the A’s, the A’s man!” And I look back now and would really like to punch him in the face.

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