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Yankees' triple play caps A's 2-1 loss in series finale originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The Athletics got a pair of runners on base in the top of the ninth inning in Sunday's game in the Bronx, but a hard Sean Murphy grounder turned into a stunning triple play for the New York Yankees to cap off a 2-1 victory over Oakland in the series finale.
The Yankees also took the series with the win Sunday, bringing to an end what was a red-hot stretch for the A's coming in.
"If you've been around long enough, you see everything," A's manager Bob Melvin told reporters on a video conference call after the game. "I've never seen a game end like that before. Felt like we had them on the ropes. We got a guy up there that's really good against left-handed pitching, historically and just ends up hitting it in the wrong spot. You don't see that very often."
Oakland's offense just couldn't find its footing in the series finale, with a Matt Olson solo home run in the first inning marking the only run of the day for the A's.
"That's a pretty crazy thing to happen," Olson told reporters on a video conference call. "Obviously we were picking up some steam there and [Aroldis] Chapman was struggling to find the zone. Looked like he pulled a fastball to that inside part, jammed Murph a little bit. [Yankees third baseman Gio] Urshela just happened to be in the right spot. Couldn't have been a more ... routine is not the word to use ... triple play set up. S----y luck. Tough way to lose."
This wasn't the first time the A's have hit into a game-ending triple play, but it's been a long time since it last happened -- 118 years to be exact.
After the stunning ending in New York, the A's will look to bounce back Monday as they head to Texas for a four-game series with the Rangers.