No night off for the bullpen in Oakland tonight!


THEARON W. HENDERSON/GETTY IMAGES

THEARON W. HENDERSON/GETTY IMAGES

Jon Lester threw a complete game shutout for the A’s on Thursday night. On Friday, it was time for another All Star pitcher to take the hill for the best team in baseball.

For a while it looked like a tense pitchers duel between Scott Kazmir and Minnesota’s Kyle Gibson.

Then the A’s, led by Coco Crisp and his… um… interesting hair cut broke the game open and Kazmir cruised into the 7th with a 6-0 lead. Another night where the pen could relax.

Or maybe not. The Twins rallied for 5. Chris Parmalee and Eduardo Nunez doubled. Better wake up the pen!

Ryan Cook, Luke Gregerson and friend of the podcast Sean Doolittle restored order. It was a blip. A speed bump.

Either way, it was an A’s win.

The Red Sox helped the A’s by hanging on against the Angels while the Giants couldn’t get it done in Kansas City.

Time to update the Dodged Bullet/Teeth Grinder tally.

An explanation of what this is all about can be found HERE.

 

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A’S DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally

Coco Crisp drove in 3 and the A’s jumped ahead 6-0. The Twins would cut it to 6-5 with a wild 7th inning but could not tie the game as Oakland won. DODGED BULLET

45 Dodged Bullets 35 Teeth Grinders

TOTAL: +10

 

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GIANTS DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally

Madison Bumgarner went the distance but Billy Butler homered and drove in the go ahead run, helping the Royals top the Giants 4-2. TEETH GRINDER

43 Dodged Bullets 38 Teeth Grinders

TOTAL: + 5

 

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RED SOX DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally

Great defense by Jackie Bradley Jr and some power from Mike Napoli and Yoenis Cespedes pulled out the 4-2 Red Sox win over the Angels. DODGED BULLET

37 Dodged Bullets 47 Teeth Grinders

TOTAL: -10

 

Tim Hudson will try to get the Giants back on track in KC as the NL Wild Card is becoming somewhat of a jumble.

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