Yankees vs. Athletics: Live Inning-by-Inning Wild Card Updates

The right-hander starting things off by allowing a soft infield single to Didi Gregorius and a walk to Miguel Andujar, who had just 25 walks in 606 plate appearances this season. A first-pitch ball to Gary Sanchez prompted a visit to the mound from Oakland’s pitching coach, Scott Emerson, and that got Trivino settled down enough to induce a double-play ball from the struggling catcher.

With two outs and a runner on third, Trivino struck out Gleyber Torres on a curveball in the dirt to end the inning.

Staked to a lead, Luis Severino came out and immediately struck out the major league home run leader, Khris Davis, fanning him on a slider on the fifth pitch of the at-bat. With one out, he was fairly cautious with Matt Olson, throwing the first baseman mostly stuff outside the strike zone in what turned into a fairly epic nine-pitch at-bat that ended with a walk. He continued to have his pitches dart all over the zone against Stephen Piscotty, but this time he won the battle, getting a called strike three on an inside slider that simply froze Piscotty. That left Ramon Laureano, a rookie, up with one on and two outs, and he struck out to end the inning.

The A’s didn’t do any real damage in the inning, and have already struck out five times, but they have gotten Severino’s pitch count up to 37, which could work in their favor going forward.

David Waldstein: We like what Severino did in the second inning, going to his breaking ball more to strike out the side, wrapped around a harmless walk to Olson. Severino threw 28 pitches in the frame after throwing only 9 in the first, but looked a little more artful about it and his confidence is clearly redlining.

Word from the right field stands is that soon after the Yankees went ahead on Aaron Judge’s home run, the fans out there began with the anti-Boston chant. Still 21 outs to go before it’s “On to Boston.”

The Yankees were the first to score when Aaron Judge crushed a two-run homer over the left-field fence off Liam Hendriks, taking advantage of a reliever pressed into starter duty who came in far too amped up and had trouble keeping his pitches in the strike zone.