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When a team is held to a single hit, that is usually a bad thing. Usually that means that they were dominated. Most times it means that you tip your hat to the other pitcher, who cringes at how close they were to a no hitter.
The A’s are not most teams. They took a 2-0 lead on the Rays without a hit. Got a Moss homer to make it 3-0 and held on for the ride.
How the Rays did NOT score in the 8th inning to tie it is something I will never understand. But Sean Doolittle tied up the game with a nice bow and said “Thank you very much” and the A’s became the first team to 30 wins.
Meanwhile the Giants won and got 20% of their pitching staff injured in the process and the Red Sox may never win another game ever.
Let’s get to the updated Dodged Bullet/Teeth Grinder tally.
An explanation of what this is all about can be found HERE.
GIANTS DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
Giants used big homers and a late dynamic double play to take the game from the Rockies, 5-1, but suffered injuries to Cain and Castilla. DODGED BULLET
23 Dodged Bullets 13 Teeth Grinders
TOTAL: + 10
A’S DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
The Rays pitchers held the A’s to one hit. But Oakland scored 2 on an error and managed to wiggle out of 8th and 9th inning jams to become the best team in baseball and win 3-2. DODGED BULLET
17 Dodged Bullets 14 Teeth Grinders
RED SOX DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
Another day, another bad start for the Red Sox. Late rallies fell short as the the Blue Jays jumped into a first place tie, 6-4. TEETH GRINDER
14 Dodged Bullets 17 Teeth Grinders
All three teams play again today this afternoon. How am I supposed to get work done?