The “opener” isn’t working well for the Athletics in Wednesday’s AL Wild Card game against the Yankees. Hendriks walked Andrew McCutchen to start the game, then served up a no-doubt two-run home run to Aaron Judge, staking the Yankees to an early 2-0 lead.
Hendriks bounced back, retiring Aaron Hicks on a line out, Giancarlo Stanton on strikes, and Luke Voit on a fly out. It took him 25 pitches to get through the first inning. Fortunately, the A’s were only relying on him to pitch one inning.
The Athletics’ offense, in the top half of the first inning, went down in 1-2-3 order against Luis Severino. Severino recorded two of the outs on strikeouts and threw only 10 pitches in total. His stuff looked electric.