2018 American League Wild Card Game
The 2018 American League Wild Card Game was a play-in game during Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2018 postseason contested between the American League's (AL) two wild card teams, the New York Yankees and the Oakland Athletics. The game took place at Yankee Stadium on October 3, starting at 8:08 pm EDT. The Yankees won, 7–2, and advanced to face the Boston Red Sox in the American League Division Series. As a result of sponsorship agreements with Hankook Tire, the game was formally known as the American League Wild Card Game presented by Hankook Tire.
|Date||October 3, 2018|
|City||The Bronx, New York|
|TV announcers||Brian Anderson, Ron Darling, Dennis Eckersley, and Lauren Shehadi|
|Radio announcers||Jon Sciambi and Eduardo Pérez|
This game started a part of the postseason where TBS (American TV channel) broadcast postseason games because of the Fox Broadcasting Company's contact holdout with Optimum. Said holdout would continue until the 2018 World Series.
New York entered the game with a 100–62 record, while Oakland was 97–65. They met six times during the regular season, with each team winning three times.
This was New York's seventh playoff appearance as a wild card team. Since MLB's addition of a second wild card team in 2012, the Yankees had previously appeared in two Wild Card Games, a loss in 2015 and a win in 2017. The Yankees' appearance represented the first time a 100-win team played in a Wild Card Game. The most recent time that a 100-win team had not won their division was the 2001 Athletics.
This was Oakland's third playoff appearance as a wild card team. They had previously appeared in one Wild Card Game, a loss in 2014.
|New York Yankees||2||0||0||0||0||4||0||1||X||7||7||1|
|WP: Dellin Betances (1–0) LP: Liam Hendriks (0–1)|
OAK: Khris Davis (1)
NYY: Aaron Judge (1), Giancarlo Stanton (1)
Luis Severino was the starting pitcher for the Yankees, while the Athletics used Liam Hendriks as an opener. The Yankees scored two runs in the first inning, as Aaron Judge hit a two-run homer off of Hendriks. The Yankees added four runs in the sixth, on back-to-back doubles by Judge and Aaron Hicks, followed by a walk to Giancarlo Stanton and a triple by Luke Voit. In the eighth inning, Khris Davis hit a two-run home run for Oakland and Stanton hit a home run for New York.
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