The Oakland Athletics (21-61) got destroyed by the New York Yankees (44-36) in the second game of their ongoing series at the Oakland Coliseum dropping an 11-0 decision without inflicting any damage on Yankees' starter Domingo German.
German (5-5) wrote his name in golden letters inside the history books of Major League Baseball after tossing the 24th perfect game in MLB history.
The Dominican pitcher retired all batters he faced, didn't allow a single hit nor a walk to a living member of the A's, and simply danced his way around a struggling ballclub he and his teammates just went on to demolish on both sides of the mound through a disastrous nine innings of Oakland baseball.
Prior to Wednesday, German had pitched six games against the A's throughout his career, starting in June 2017. He had never gone past 7.2 innings or reached 100 pitches. German threw exactly 99 pitches on Wednesday (72 called for strikes) while striking out nine batters of the 27 he faced, the bare minimum for a hurler through a full nine-inning outing.
The closest the A's ever came to matching the Yankees on Wednesday was reaching the fourth inning still unscathed. That was a miracle, actually, considering what Esteury Ruiz had to do just two pitches into the game to save the A's from conceding the first hit of the day.
Nothing else worked for your A's past that point. No hits, no walks, no errors, no passed balls,... nothing at all. The Yankees were much better, mind you, with Isiah Kiner-Falefa the only man to reach base for the Evil Empire in the top of the third frame.
Then, Giancarlo Stanton stepped up to the plate, proceeded to detonate a baseball, and got things started in a resounding fashion.
The fifth inning would be the game-defining period as New York went on to turn a 1-0 lead into an unsurmountable 7-0 advantage that the A's never even came close to touch nor prevent. There are too many names to name when it comes to Yankees crossing home plate to list here--we'd run out of real estate.
JP Sears (1-6) pitched through New York's first five runs removing 12 batters. It took Sears 92 pitches to get there (remember, German tossed 99 through the freaking full game) and he allowed seven runs (five earned) on five hits while adding three walks and five strikeouts to his tally. No bueno.
Shintaro Fujinami, Yacksel Rios (who left the game injured), Austin Pruitt, and finally Sam Long entered at some point in relief, but Rios was the only one completing a no-hitter for the A's albeit throwing just three pitches (and giving up one run thanks to allowing a walk...).
In the grand scheme of things, this was a day for the ages. From a finer, Oakland-tinted perspective, this surely was a day to forget on both the pitching and hitting sides of the game. But that's precisely why the A's are 21-61 and not 61-21 instead.
Oakland will have a final chance to redeem itself on Thursday in the rubber game of a series that somehow, some way, is evenly split at one win apiece between A's and Yankees.
James Kaprielian (2-6, 6.34 ERA) will be your superheroes' man going against Clarke Schmidt (2-6, 4.32) on New York's mound as both hurlers will try to come out on top after witnessing a historic night inside the Oakland Coliseum.