It was only 12:30 in Oakland when Thursday’s game began, but by the time the A’s pushed across the winning run it was way past nightfall over in New York.
Oakland completed a three-game sweep of the Yankees with the 18-inning marathon that saw the Yankees go a measly 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position and strike out 15 times.
The main culprits in the missed-opportunity crime spree were Travis Hafner, Kevin Youkilis, and Vernon Wells, who went a combined 0-for-23. The trio had 9 strikeouts and left 16 men on base. The wasted chances epitomized what has been the Yankees’ biggest problem in the postseason the last couple of years.