Monday, June 19, 2017

Oakland Athletics Complete Four-Game Sweep of New York Yankees

This is something else.

The Yankees have the best offense in baseball, so a four-game sweep by the last-place Athletics has to be embarrassing for New York (and freakin' awesome for Oakland).

At the S.F. Chronicle, "A’s complete four-game sweep of Yankees with 4-3 win":

The A’s clubhouse had a nightclub feel, complete with lights flashing through a spectrum of colors and music blasting at a near-deafening volume.

“The vibe is good right now, and it’s growing,” starting pitcher Jharel Cotton said. “I think we’re confident, and we’re only going to get that much better.

“I just love it.”

That’s what a four-game sweep of the Yankees will do for a team, a feat the A’s accomplished on a scorching hot Sunday afternoon with a 4-3 victory in front of a crowd of more than 34,000 at the Coliseum.

The A’s snapped a string of 26 series without a sweep, a streak that dates to beating Kansas City four straight in September. They hadn’t swept a four-game series in Oakland since victimizing Toronto in July 2014.

“Against a team of that caliber, it’s tough to sweep a three-game series, let alone a four-game series,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said after sending the Yankees away on a six-game skid. “… It was a big series, especially for the younger guys. … To know that you can have a series like this gives you a lot of confidence in yourself and the team.”