Final: Athletics 4, Royals 3
Sweep! It’s not just three wins in a row, it’s what the O.co staff is going to do to the concourse for only the third time this season. If the team can do it again, ownership has promised to increase the mop budget at the trade deadline.
I was just so excited about fouling that pitch off. I got caught up in the moment.
— Jerry Blevins, explaining his 18th-inning strikeout.
Brandon Moss went deep with two out and one on in the bottom of the 19th. A’S WIN! BLEVINS WINS! ALL OF THOSE FANS WHO TOOK BART ARE STRANDED FOR FOUR MORE HOURS!
Two minutes later, Moss had already been pied (after an initial self-pieing) and soaked with a cooler full of ice water. Even after six and a half hours of baseball, the A’s still have the energy for pranks.
18 runs. 31 hits. 3 errors. 597 pitches. Albert Pujols hit two home runs. Josh Hamilton made nine outs. Brett Anderson threw 5 1/3 innings in relief. Jerome Williams threw 6. Moss struck out four times but homered twice. Mark Trumbo hit a ball 475 feet.
Chris Young singled, tripled, and grounded into two double plays, despite missing the first eight and last four innings of the game. His tenth-inning triple was probably a home run, but the baseball gods destroyed all definitive replay angles, because they demanded nine additional innings. Yoenis Cespedes hit one off the wall to tie the game in the ninth, and was held to a single because he stood and watched it. Josh Donaldson barehanded a grounder and one-hopped it to first in the 19th for an out and Ray Fosse almost started weeping, it was so beautiful.
Next game starts in just over seventeen hours. Get some sleep, fellas.
Top of the 18th
The A’s had to put Seth Smith in at left field after fifteen innings, so they lost their DH. Which meant Brett Anderson - tonight’s original starter who was scratched, only to enter the game in the top of the 13th anyway - stood on deck, nervously swinging a bat, with an ill-fitting batting helmet hanging over, shading his eyes. When Derek Norris grounded out, Anderson looked relieved. But then, his relief turned to horror as he realized that he still had to hit in the 18th. Anderson looked despondent, wandering towards the dugout, not sure if he had to fetch his glove himself, or if someone would bring it, or if he should just wear the batting helmet on the mound, or if the game would ever, ever end.
And, as I write this, Anderson has left the game with an injury, though we all know he just didn’t want to hit.
If you need to catch BART, well, the last train left half an hour ago.
— Ray Fosse, top of the 16th inning of the Angels-A’s game.
I’m just glad that was whipped cream and not shaving cream because I ate about ten ounces of it.
— Brandon Moss, on the pie to the face he took after his walkoff home run against Seattle. That’s 14 walkoff wins for the A’s, two walkoff hits for Moss, and two full coolers of Gatorade dumped over Moss’ head.