Instant Replay: A's win marathon game to complete sweep

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Instant Replay: A's win marathon game to complete sweep
June 13, 2013, 2:45 pm
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Nate Freiman hits the game-winning RBI single off Yankee's pitcher Mariano Rivera. (AP)


OAKLAND -- 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.

Starting pitching report
It was an interesting beginning for Jarrod Parker, who gave up a double to Brett Gardner on the first pitch of the game, before surrendering a two-run home run to Robinson Cano four pitches later. But Parker settled down and, for the seventh straight start, went at least six innings, going a season-best eight innings and limiting the Yankees to those two runs, on five hits, two walks and two strikeouts in a season-high 108 pitches, 68 strikes. But he did not factor in the decision.

Bullpen report
Closer Grant Balfour entered the game in the 9th inning of a 2-2 game, the fourth time this season he's pitched on three consecutive days, and he authored a 1-2-3 inning, getting Robinson Cano to fly out to left, striking out Mark Teixeira and inducing a 4-3 groundout from Travis Hafner. Ryan Cook worked out of a jam with Ichiro Suzuki at second base and two out before Jerry Blevins pulled a Houdini act, getting out of a bases-loaded situation with one out by striking out Travis Hafner and Kevin Youkilis. Pat Neshek then threw a scoreless 12th, retiring the first two batters before an infield single and throwing error preceded an intentional walk and a strikeout. Hideki Okajima, who last pitched on June 3, when he took a liner off his forearm, gave up a leadoff double to Cano before intentionally walking Teixeira and getting Hafner to fly out to center and giving way to Jesse Chavez

At the plate
The A's could muster only two hits off Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda-- a single by Eric Sogard and a run-scoring double by Seth Smith -- both in the third inning. And if Yankees catcher Chris Stewart had kept the ball in his glove on his swipe tag of John Jaso at the plate, Jaso would have been out, the throw beat him by so much. The A's first run came after a daring double steal in the inning put Chris Young and third and Sogard at second and Derek Norris' ground out to shortstop allowed Young to score. Kuroda retired in order the last 16 A's batters he faced. The A's threatened in the 9th, with runners at third and first with one out, but Josh Donaldson struck out trying to check his swing on a pitch at his shoulders and Brandon Moss struck out on three pitches.

In the field
No doubt Young frustrates A's fans at the plate, but he lifted them with his glove, and legs, in the field. Shading toward right-center, Young ran down Ichiro Suzuki's two-out slicing line drive into the gap in left-center, robbing the speedy Suzuki of extra bases and ending the seventh inning in the process.

The A's announced a crowd of 27,569 at the Coliseum, a series high, after announcing 27,108 on Tuesday and 25,176 on Wednesday.

Up next
Tommy Milone (6-5, 3.69 ERA) kicks off a three-game series against Seattle. In seven career starts against the Mariners, the left-hander is 3-2 with a 3.38 ERA. Milone has been a roll of late, though, going 3-0 with a 3.66 ERA in his last five starts with opponents hitting just .238 against him. Lefty Joe Saunders (4-6, 5.12) starts for the Mariners as he is 0-4 with a 9.00 ERA in six road games this season. In 22 career starts against the A's, he is 14-6 with a 3.47 ERA.


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