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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

While you were sleeping: Rays lose to A’s 4-3 in 15 innings

The amazing A’s have drawn comparisons with the 2008 Rays for their inspired play and unexpected success, and Rays manager Joe Maddon said before Monday’s game a telling sign are the “magical” things that seem to happen frequently during such a season.

The Rays saw it for themselves by the end of the long night, as the A’s raucously celebrated their major-league leading 12th walkoff win after a 4-3 15-inning victory.

The end came just after 3:15 a.m. Tampa Bay time when Jemile Weeks hit a sacrifice fly to right-center off Kyle Farnsworth, the eighth Rays pitcher, to score Brandon Inge. The rally started when Inge opened the 15th with a single and went to second on a bunt, and Farnsworth walked two — one intentionally, one not — to load the bases. The Rays went to a five-man infield but Weeks’ fly ball ended the marathon after 5 hours and 9 minutes.

Farnsworth said it was obviously frustrating: “It is. It totally is. It (stinks).’‘

Thanks to Simon X Barnald.

Repoz Posted: July 31, 2012 at 07:11 AM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: July 31, 2012 at 09:07 AM (#4196799)
Can they keep this up for two more months? Only 3.5 back of Texas who suddenly don't seem very 1998 Yankees-like. You look at the rosters of these 3 teams and you have to wonder what the hell the A's are doing hanging around them. I will just enjoy it while it lasts.
   2. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: July 31, 2012 at 09:30 AM (#4196815)
The A.L. West collectively is now the same 27 games over .500 as the great and vaunted A.L. East. Even Seattle has kind of been playing respectable ball lately. I sure as heck never expected that.
   3. Dale Sams Posted: July 31, 2012 at 10:42 AM (#4196898)
I expect that the Angels will win the division.
   4. Danny Posted: July 31, 2012 at 10:45 AM (#4196902)
The bullpen throwing 8 scoreless innings makes the walkoff an eventuality. The pitchIng staff in July has a 194:48 k:bb, and the bullpen has a 2.09 ERA. The pitching, OF, and 1B/DH are carrying the dead weight in the rest of the infield for now; hopefully then can add some reinforcements today, as there are no bats in Sacramento worth waiting for.
   5. jobu Posted: July 31, 2012 at 10:54 AM (#4196911)
That was an exciting game to watch--the MLB iPad app rules for fans of out of town teams. On the one hand, I do wonder if the A's can keep it up with the roster they have.

On the other hand, every time I see them, I come away more impressed with Reddick (who went 0 for 7, but threw a dart to nail Pena at 3rd--it was pretty awesome, as I don't think Reddick could believe Pena was running) and Yoenis Cespedes, who is the most exciting A's position player since Rickey. Suzuki is starting to come around, Chris Carter is holding his own. It might be just enough offense given the pitching they have.
   6. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: July 31, 2012 at 11:05 AM (#4196925)
I guess the question is who they can get without trading Straily?
   7. McCoy Posted: July 31, 2012 at 11:23 AM (#4196957)
Alfonso Soriano!
   8. jobu Posted: July 31, 2012 at 11:25 AM (#4196959)
He's not what he used to be and he's not objectively worth $11M/year, but I would love to see Jimmy Rollins in an A's uniform. He would be an enormous upgrade at SS and he's an Oakland native, plus maybe we would get his epic Rickey Henderson impression on the field.

Stephen Drew and Yunel Escobar seem more likely, though the media seems to indicate the A's aren't even pursuing them anymore.


   9. Textbook Editor Posted: July 31, 2012 at 11:33 AM (#4196974)
He's not what he used to be and he's not objectively worth $11M/year, but I would love to see Jimmy Rollins in an A's uniform. He would be an enormous upgrade at SS and he's an Oakland native, plus maybe we would get his epic Rickey Henderson impression on the field.


To the best of my knowledge, the Phillies under current ownership have never eaten $ to move a player (though apparently they may eat a few million to move Blanton and get a better prospect from the O's). I'd be stunned if they ate a significant amount of Rollins' remaining 2 years to get a deal done. But these are strange times in Philly...
   10. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: July 31, 2012 at 11:38 AM (#4196983)
Also, I wish the A's had been on Soto instead of Kottaras. Ah well.
   11. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: July 31, 2012 at 11:46 AM (#4196993)
The Phillies ownership has been the same for quite a while. Didn't they eat money when they traded curt Schilling to the Dbacks?

But yeah, I would envision a Rollins trade being like the Bobby Abreu trade, a salary dump for a grab bag of useless prospects. It would be hard for the haul to be worse than Carlos Monasterios, Matt Smith, and former #1 pick C.J. Henry who responded to the trade by quitting baseball to play college basketball.
   12. PepTech Posted: July 31, 2012 at 11:46 AM (#4196994)
Didn't Texas have a 100% chance of making the playoffs in mid-May?
   13. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: July 31, 2012 at 11:53 AM (#4196999)
Didn't Texas have a 100% chance of making the playoffs in mid-May?

Is that even possible?
   14. bunyon Posted: July 31, 2012 at 12:08 PM (#4197019)
Didn't Texas have a 100% chance of making the playoffs in mid-May?

It's always been over.
   15. Danny Posted: July 31, 2012 at 12:28 PM (#4197049)
The A's were 13 games behind Texas and had the 11th best record in the AL at the end of June. Since then, the A's are 19-4, the Rangers are 9-13, and the A's now have the 3rd best record in the league.
   16. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: July 31, 2012 at 12:37 PM (#4197068)
Fantasy question: should I drop the slumping Santiago Casilla for Ryan Cook?
   17. DiPoto Cabengo Posted: July 31, 2012 at 12:46 PM (#4197088)
Mandate for A's: everyone must slide!
   18. A triple short of the cycle Posted: July 31, 2012 at 03:07 PM (#4197304)
Did the trade deadline come yet?

During yesterday's pregame, Chris Townsend (I think) suggested it would be a great game for Brandon Hicks to hit three home runs. Then he went out and hit the clutch game-tying homer off Price.

Also, a couple days ago, someone (Rick Tittle?) called Kurt Suzuki's first home run of the season, during the pregame show of that game.

Fun times!

   19. The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: July 31, 2012 at 03:24 PM (#4197323)
http://www.bayareasportsguy.com/giants-make-a-splash-athletics-seem-content-to-tread-water/#comment-126101

I dont think Rollins is coming to the A's although it would make sense on many levels.

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