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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

A’s extended heartbreaking playoff streak with loss to Yankees

The Oakland A’s returned to the postseason this year despite having one of the lowest payrolls in baseball, but Wednesday night’s loss was all too familiar for the team and its fans.

As Jane Lee of MLB.com pointed out, Oakland’s loss to the New York Yankees was the eight consecutive winner-take-all game that the A’s ended up on the wrong end of. That disappointing streak is the longest in MLB history.

The A’s won a World Series in 1989, so it’s not as if the franchise has been tormented for more than 40 years. Still, that’s a tough spot to lose in eight consecutive times.

Oakland decided to use only relief pitchers in the AL Wild Card Game, and fans were not kind to them when the strategy backfired. Ultimately, baseball got the matchup it wanted with the Yankees facing the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS. Although, that is no consolation for A’s fans who watched their team come up short yet again.

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