Julie Jacobson – AP
Well it certainly wasn’t a BORING day for the Red Sox, A’s and Giants.
Jon Lester and Masahiro Tanaka locked horns in an epic pitching match up in the Bronx. With 2 outs, 2 strikes and nobody on, Mike Napoli untied it with a homer and Koji Uehara locked it down for the Red Sox. That’s the clutch (and possibly idiotic.)
The A’s took a big lead, coughed it up, took another lead, had a rare run scored off of Sean Doolittle, then saw the game turn into a marathon resting on the arm of Jim Johnson.
Somehow they won. That’s the lucky.
Matt Cain pitched wonderfully. Buster Posey slammed a game tying 9th inning double and they were 3 outs from winning and had the winning run on 3rd with nobody out. And somehow the Giants not only lost but wound up losing by 4 runs and witnessed their lead in the West almost evaporate. That’s the aggravating.
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
Sergio Romo coughed up a 2 run 9th inning homer that spoiled Matt Cain’s terrific game. Buster Posey tied it in the 9th but the Giants could not put the winning run across. With 2 outs in the 11th, the Reds scored 5 runs and took the game 7-3. TEETH GRINDER
33 Dodged Bullets 25 Teeth Grinders
TOTAL: + 8
A’S DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
The A’s once again let a 4 run lead slip away and the Marlins tied it in the 9th. But a marathon game and great relief from Otero, Johnson and Francis and some two out hits in the 14th gave Oakland a 7-6 victory. DODGED BULLET
30 Dodged Bullets 24 Teeth Grinders
RED SOX DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally
Lester vs. Tanaka was all that anyone could hope for in a pitchers duel. But with 2 out, 2 strikes in the top of the ninth, Tanaka tried to slip a fastball past Napoli. What an idiot! Red Sox won in the Bronx, 2-1. DODGED BULLET
27 Dodged Bullets 32 Teeth Grinders
I wouldn’t mind a few blowout games today. 3 games like this in one day is a bit much.