Just one more, A’s

(AP Photo/LM Otero)

(AP Photo/LM Otero)

OK, show of hands.

When the A’s fell behind 1-0, how many thought “Uh oh”?

When the A’s left some runners on base early, how many thought “Here we go again”?

I expect a lot of hands up.

But when Adam Dunn launched that 2 run double and Josh Reddick started clubbing the ball, there was a sigh of relief.

Sure, everyone gasped when Donaldson looked hurt, but he stayed.

And birthday boy Sean Doolittle sealed the deal.

Despite all of the heart ache and teeth grinding, the A’s are one win or one Mariners loss away from handing Jon Lester the ball in a do or die play off game.

There are 20 other franchises who wish they could say that.

I guess I should update the Dodged Bullet/Teeth Grinder tally.

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

 

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GIANTS DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally

Ian Kennedy shut down the Giants bats, winning the game 4-1 for San Diego and killing any hope for a Wild Card game in San Francisco. TEETH GRINDER

58 Dodged Bullets 53 Teeth Grinders

TOTAL: +6

 

XrVch

A’S DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally

Adam Dunn’s 2 run double and Josh Reddick’s homer gave Scott Kazmir the lead which he would hold on to, 6-2 A’s over the Rangers.. DODGED BULLET

55 Dodged Bullets 60 Teeth Grinders

TOTAL: -5

 

 

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RED SOX DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally

Chris Capuano beat the Red Sox 3-2 in the first game between an eliminated Boston team and an eliminated Yankee team since the creation of the Wild Card. TEETH GRINDER

Dodged Bullets 64 Teeth Grinders 78

TOTAL: -14

 

An A’s win today would mean all 3 teams would essentially play meaningless games on Sunday

 

This is getting a bit ridiculous, A’s

Louis DeLuca - Dallas Morning News Staff Photographer

Louis DeLuca – Dallas Morning News Staff Photographer

ANOTHER one run loss? ANOTHER pitching performance flushed down the toilet?

MORE runners  left on base?

Coco Crisp got on base 5 times. FIVE TIMES! And scored zero runs. I didn’t think that was even possible.

So despite the fact that the Seattle Mariners have done a complete and utter nose dive in the last week or so, they remain mathematically in the race. So let’s make this simple, shall we?

Angels beat the Mariners ONCE.

A’s beat the Rangers ONCE.

Those two things happen and the A’s have Jon Lester pitching the Wild Card Game. And for everyone’s sake, do it tonight!

Meanwhile the Giants clinch in an empty stadium in Cincinnati with a Brewers loss… and found a way to have a wild weird game at AT&T.

I guess I should update the Dodged Bullet/Teeth Grinder tally.

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

 

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GIANTS DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally

The playoff bound Giants blew an early 6-0 lead to the limp Padres bats. But Pablo Sandoval and company came back to win, 9-8. DODGED BULLET

58 Dodged Bullets 52 Teeth Grinders

TOTAL: +6

 

XrVch

A’S DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally

Coco Crisp gets on base 5 times and never scores. The A’s lose a walk off 2-1 heart breaker to Texas. TEETH GRINDER

55 Dodged Bullets 60 Teeth Grinders

TOTAL: -5

 

 

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RED SOX DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally

 

Dodged Bullets 64 Teeth Grinders 77

TOTAL: -13

 

I do NOT want to see a Mariners A’s play in game for the play in game!

 

Heaven forbid the A’s just LOSE

EZRA SHAW/GETTY IMAGES

EZRA SHAW/GETTY IMAGES

The A’s fell behind 5-0 and wasted opportunities like a runner on third with nobody out.

I thought “I’ve heard this game before.”

There is no pressure or agita when a team loses decisively. But when the team goes on a massive comeback?

When they score 4 to make it a 1 run game and make every single pitch a possible game tying moment?

Then STILL lose?

Folks, that is annoying. This final third of the season has just been annoying. Just clinch the Wild Card, both Bay Area teams, and let’s get on with it.

 

I guess I should update the Dodged Bullet/Teeth Grinder tally.

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

 

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GIANTS DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally

Giants took an early 1-0 lead but let Kershaw off the ropes. Clayton tied the game himself with a 2 out 5th inning triple and Yasiel Puig untied it in the 6th. After that, the game got out of hand and the Dodgers clinched the West with a 9-1 game that was closer than the final indicated. TEETH GRINDER

57 Dodged Bullets 52 Teeth Grinders

TOTAL: +5

 

XrVch

A’S DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally

An out of nowhere rally made a 5-0 game 5-4, but in the end the Angels held on to top the A’s and win the series. TEETH GRINDER

55 Dodged Bullets 59 Teeth Grinders

TOTAL: -4

 

 

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RED SOX DODGED BULLET – TEETH GRINDER Tally

 

Dodged Bullets 64 Teeth Grinders 77

TOTAL: -13

 

Both Bay Area teams can clinch a playoff spot tonight and make all of this moot.