For the second straight day, the Oakland Athletics allowed a comeback after racing out to an early lead in the Bronx, and this time, they weren’t able to escape with a win, falling 7-6 in 11 innings to the New York Yankees, in the shadow of a disputed replay review.
With the game tied in the 11th, Chris Hatcher allowed a one-out walk to Giancarlo Stanton and a two-out walk to Aaron Hicks. Neil Walker’s bloop single to center brought home the winning run, making a winner out of former A’s farmhand A.J. Cole in relief. The walks were the sixth and seventh issued by Hatcher on the season in just 12 2/3 innings. Allowing the one run and recording five outs lowered his ERA to 6.39.
The A’s, though, were poised to take the lead in the top of the ninth. Having loaded the bases on three walks, Yankee closer Aroldis Chapman struck out Mark Canha for the first out, then induced a flyout to shallow left from pinch-hitter Jonathan Lucroy.
Brett Gardner’s throw home made for a close play at the plate, with Matt Olson initially initially being ruled safe, avoiding a swipe tag aimed at his back by New York catcher Gary Sanchez. The play was challenged. Reviews on NBC Sports California seemed to confirm the call, but the MLB replay office deemed that an angle from YES gave enough evidence to overturn the ruling and send the game to the bottom of the ninth, still tied, setting the stage for the decisive 11th.
New York’s early 2-0 lead, which came on back-to-back second-inning homers from Sanchez and Hicks, disappeared in the fourth on a three-run shot by Khris Davis and a two-run single by Canha. Jed Lowrie’s sacrifice fly added an insurance run in the fifth, but the Yankees responded in the bottom half.
Aaron Judge hit a two-run homer off of Oakland starter Andrew Triggs, Walker’s bloop single off reliever Danny Coulombe made it a one-run game and Miguel Andujar singled off Ryan Dull to tie it. Santiago Casilla escaped a bases-loaded jam in the sixth and Yusmeiro Petit took care of the next two innings, keeping the game deadlocked into the ninth.
Oakland (19-20) threatened in the tenth against Cole, but failed to score after two walks to start the inning. atcher got through the bottom of the tenth despite a two-out single by Gardner, striking out Judge to end the frame.
Neither starter pitched particularly well, with Triggs allowing six runs in 4 1/3 and Domingo German allowing six in five innings for New York (27-12).
To earn a series win, the A’s will need a good start from Brett Anderson and will need to solve Yankee ace Luis Severino in Sunday’s matinee.