Mariano Rivera broke Nate Freiman's bat. Freiman broke Rivera's heart. Freiman's one-out, bases-loaded, broken-bat flare single to left field scored John Jaso and gave the A's a 3-2 walk-off win and sweep of the New York Yankees Thursday afternoon. In a game that lasted 18 innings, five hours and 34 minutes, enlisted the use of 14 pitchers who threw a combined 500-plus pitches and saw 26 total runners left on base, the A's pulled off another home sweep of the Yankees. In winning 11 straight home games, the A's improved to 41-27 and have won 10 of their last 13 against New York in Oakland. The A's are the first American League team with two games of at least 18 innings in one season since 1971, when the A's and the Washington Senators each did it. The A's beat the Angels in 19 innings earlier this season. The A's looked to be walk-off winners in the 15th when Crisp, pinch-hitting for Chris Young with one out, slapped the first pitch he saw into left field with Brandon Moss at second. Moss raced around third but Vernon Wells' throw to catcher Chris Stewart arrived just before Moss and after a nasty-looking collision, Stewart had held on to the ball for the out. A's Right-handed reliever Jesse Chavez (1-0), meanwhile, became a folk hero, of sorts, hearing his name chanted with every shutout inning. He went 5 2/3 innings and only allowed one hit, striking out seven and walking two.
A's win marathon game to complete sweep
CSN Bay Area | Jun 14