BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER
The Oakland A’s finally exorcised the ghosts of playoff failure Thursday afternoon, coming back from an early 3-0 deficit to record a wild card series clinching 6-4 win over the Chicago White Sox at the Coliseum.
It wasn’t easy, as the four-hour plus game in 90° weather required 17 pitchers, with both starters gone before the second inning was over, but the resilient A’s were ultimately able to score their first victory in a postseason series since 2006 when they beat Minnesota in the ALDS. The win snapped a streak of nine consecutive losses in winner-take-all games for the Athletics.
Next up for Oakland is a date with division rival Houston in a five-game ALDS at Dodger Stadium. The series starts on Monday and will not have any off days. The A’s won the season series with the Astros 7-3.
The win was Oakland’s first in a postseason game after trailing by three or more runs since 1988.
Chicago’s Tim Anderson became the first player in MLB history with nine hits in his first three career postseason games. He also joins Lou Brock of the 1968 St. Louis Cardinals as just the second player ever to have three hits in three consecutive postseason games.
Thursday’s match-up was the first winner-take-all game in the White Sox history.