Oakland Athletics: A’s overmatched in series finale vs. Yankees

New York Yankees ace Luis Severino was as tough as advertised on Sunday, and a worn-out Oakland Athletics team couldn’t keep up as the New York took the three-game weekend series with a 6-2 win.

Severino allowed just one run on five hits and a pair of walks over six innings, striking out seven, and the three runs that his offense provided in the first inning was enough to hold up.

Brett Gardner, a thorn in Oakland’s side all weekend, started things off with an infield hit, and after an Aaron Judge double and Didi Gregorius walk, Giancarlo Stanton singled home the game’s first two runs. Brett Anderson did induce a ground ball double play off the bat of Gary Sanchez, but Aaron Hicks, batting from his much-weaker right-handed side, singled in a third run.

Oakland (19-21) did get a run back in the fourth inning on Jed Lowrie’s RBI single — the 36th run he’s knocked in on the season — but the threat ended when Khris Davis flew out to deep center field with men on the corners. The Yankees got the run right back in the bottom of the fifth on Stanton’s 10th home run on the season, the third of his four hits on the day.

In five innings, Anderson gave up four runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out four. With Blake Treinen and Yusmeiro Petit each having pitched the last two days, Santiago Casilla was asked to carry the weight for the bullpen despite throwing 28 pitches on Saturday. Despite the heavy workload, he managed to get through two innings while allowing just one run, which came when Hicks beat out a double play. Casilla threw 44 pitches over his two innings, almost certainly rendering him unavailable for Monday’s series opener in Boston, and perhaps Tuesday as well.

Recently-acquired long man Wilmer Font pitched the eighth inning for the A’s, allowing a run on Judge’s RBI single. It was Font’s first appearance with the team in which he did not allow a homer.

After New York (28-12) got clean innings from Chad Green and Dellin Betances, things got interesting in the ninth with lefty Chasen Shreve on the mound. He allowed a solo homer to Mark Canha, and then infield hits by Jonathan Lucroy and Marcus Semien to put the tying run on deck in the form of the red-hot Lowrie. Shreve, though, got pinch-hitter Jake Smolinski to pop out in foul territory to end the game. Smolinski, whose average now sits at .118, is a likely candidate to be optioned to Triple-A when Stephen Piscotty returns from bereavement leave.

Ethan Kassel

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