Athletics

/ by Ben Ross
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Athletics

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NEW YORK — Almost nothing went right for the A's on Wednesday night in the Bronx, and now their season is over. 

The Yankees scored two runs in the first inning and added four more in the sixth en route to a 7-2 victory in the American League Wild Card Game.

Aaron Judge belted a two-run homer off A's opener Liam Hendriks to give the Yankees an early 2-0 lead, and they never looked back. Aaron Hicks doubled home another run in the sixth, Luke Voit notched a two-run triple, and Didi Gregorius followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 6-0.

Khris Davis got the A's on the board with a two-run opposite-field home run in the eighth, the first of his postseason career, but that was all the offense Oakland could muster. The A's recorded just four hits on the night, while striking out 11 times.

Giancarlo Stanton added a massive homer in the bottom of the eighth to make it 7-2, as the Yankees advanced to face the Red Sox in the American League Division Series.

Here's what else you need to know from Wednesday's Wild Card Game...

--- The A's hit .266 with runners in scoring position during the regular season, tied for fifth in MLB, but they went 0-for-5 in that situation Wednesday night, leaving eight runners on base in the loss. Oakland loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth, but Marcus Semien struck out swinging. Then in the fifth, the A's put their first two runners on base for the middle of the lineup, but Dellin Betances came in to retire Matt Chapman, Jed Lowrie and Davis.

 

--- Hendriks struggled in the A’s opener role, allowing two runs in the first. They were the first runs he had allowed in 11 1/3 innings. After giving up the two-run homer to Judge, Hendriks did settle down to retire Hicks, Stanton and Voit, limiting the damage.

--- Lou Trivino provided a rare bright spot for Oakland, pitching three scoreless innings and allowing just a hit and a walk, with four strikeouts. Trivino was shaky at first, surrendering an infield single and a walk, but recovered to retire his final eight batters.

--- The sixth inning is where it really fell apart for the A's. Fernando Rodney entered the game and allowed back-to-back doubles before being replaced by Blake Treinen. Oakland's All-Star closer had a rare off night, allowing three earned runs of his own, after giving up just seven all season. There was some controversy in that sixth inning, as Voit appeared to be tagged out at the plate on Gregorius' sac fly. The A's challenged the ruling, but the call was upheld.