Now THAT was a strange day of baseball in Oakland.
The Red Sox jumped out to a big lead on a David Ross homer and a Mike Napoli steal of home.
Then the A’s chipped away, using a ton of pinch hitters and pinch runners, closing a 6-1 hole with a 3 run 8th but faced Koji Uehara in the 9th. Done deal, right?
Stephen Vogt and John Jason each homered in the 9th to tie the game. (If Oakland scored another run to win it, of COURSE Dan Otero would have the win, his 7th.)
Ortiz saved Koji’s butt with a homer. Then a back swing knocked Derek Norris out of the game and forced Vogt to catch and to remove the DH.
With 2 outs in the bottom of the 10th and no DH, the A’s were forced to have the pitcher bat. So up stepped the closer, and friend of the podcast, Sean Doolittle to bat for the first time in his big league career as a pinch hitter for Abad.
Of course Doolittle was a former first baseman, but this was a tough first at bat. He grounded out. At least he made contact.
An odd game, one that makes one team grind their teeth and the other dodged a bullet.
Time to update the Dodged Bullet/Teeth Grinder tally.
An explanation of what this is all about can be found HERE.
GIANTS DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
Madison Bumgarner didn’t have much support from the Giants bats, but he pitched into the 9th, letting up 2 hits and 1 unearned run and beat the Diamondbacks, 4-1. DODGED BULLET
32 Dodged Bullets 22 Teeth Grinders
TOTAL: + 10
A’S DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
The A’s came back from a 6-1 hole and rallied against Koji Uehara. But in the 10th inning, the A’s fell behind Boston and were forced to use Sean Doolittle as a pinch hitter. It didn’t work. But hey! At least he closed the game, 7-6. TEETH GRINDER
28 Dodged Bullets 24 Teeth Grinders
RED SOX DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
The Red Sox blow a 6-1 lead and Koji had a rare bad game. But Ortiz’s homer won it against the A’s, 7-6, in 10. DODGED BULLET
25 Dodged Bullets 31 Teeth Grinders
That’s it for the A’s against the Red Sox. Now I can root in American League games free of conflict.