2018 American League Wild Card Game
2018 American League Wild Card Game logo.svg
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland Athletics 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 4 0
New York Yankees 2 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 x 7 7 1
DateOctober 3, 2018
VenueYankee Stadium
CityThe Bronx, New York
TV announcersBrian Anderson, Ron Darling, Dennis Eckersley, and Lauren Shehadi
Radio announcersJon Sciambi and Eduardo Pérez

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.[1] The game took place at Yankee Stadium on October 3, starting at 8:08 pm EDT.[2] The Yankees won, 7–2, and advanced to face the Boston Red Sox in the American League Division Series.[3] 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.[4]

This game started a part of the postseason where TBS broadcast postseason games because of the Fox's contact holdout with Optimum. Said holdout would continue until the 2018 World Series.


Main articles: 2018 New York Yankees season and 2018 Oakland Athletics season

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.[5]

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.[6]

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.

Further information: List of American League Wild Card winners

This was the fourth time the Yankees and A's met in postseason play—the Yankees had won the three prior meetings: the 1981 ALCS (3–0), 2000 ALDS (3–2), and 2001 ALDS (3–2).[7]

Game results

Aaron Judge hit a two-run home run in the first inning.
Aaron Judge hit a two-run home run in the first inning.

Line score

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 8:08 pm (EDT) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York, 70 °F (21 °C), partly cloudy
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 4 0
New York 2 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 X 7 7 1
WP: Dellin Betances (1–0)   LP: Liam Hendriks (0–1)
Home runs:
OAK: Khris Davis (1)
NYY: Aaron Judge (1), Giancarlo Stanton (1)
Attendance: 49,620

Luis Severino was the starting pitcher for the Yankees, while the Athletics used Liam Hendriks as an opener.[8] 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.


  1. ^ Perry, Dayn (September 25, 2018). "AL playoff field is set after Athletics clinch wild-card spot, Yankees eliminate Rays from postseason contention". CBS Sports. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  2. ^ Hoch, Bryan (October 2, 2018). "Yankees tab Severino for AL Wild Card Game". MLB.com. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  3. ^ "Five moments that helped the NY Yankees advance in Wild Card win over A's".
  4. ^ Kelly, Matt (October 1, 2018). "Playoff bracket set as Brewers, Dodgers win". MLB.com. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  5. ^ "MLB Standings Grid - 2018". ESPN. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  6. ^ Adler, David (August 12, 2018). "The 9 times a 100-win team didn't finish first". MLB News. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  7. ^ "Yankees Postseason Results". MLB.com. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  8. ^ Ackert, Kristie (October 2, 2018). "Yankees Luis Severino to face off against A's 'opener' Liam Hendriks in wild card game". New York Daily News.

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