That’s BS as in blown save, of which the A’s had not one, not two, but THREE last night and still managed to win!
That is certainly not perfection but it counts just the same in the win column.
First it was Brad Ziegler in the 8th. The A’s were up 3-2 and he hit Michael Young with a pitch and then served up a gopher ball to Josh Hamilton that Hamilton crushed to give the Rangers a 4-3 lead.
But the A’s scratched across two in the top of the 9th, as they pecked at the Rangers with single after single. It could have been more had the ever flailing Adam Rosalas not strayed to far off first base, getting thrown out on a wide turn.
Then it was Andrew Bailey’s turn to blow a save. He walked Justin Smoak on four pitches, which was just very un-Bailey like. The Rangers got pinch-runner Craig Gentry to third on a sac bunt and a ground out, and then that pesky Elvis Andrus singled up the middle to tie the game again.
On to the 11th, and the A’s got ahead again 6-5 on a Daric Barton solo home run. But Tyson Ross blew the third save of the night in the bottom of the inning, after Julio Bourbon singled home David Murphy to make it 6-6.
I turned off the game at that point, as it showed no signs of ending any time soon and it was already past my bedtime. I woke up to see that Landon Powell walked and then stole second. What?! And then Daric Barton singled him home with what was finally the winning run. Ross pitched the final three innings so there was no save opportunity in the 13th. Thank goodness for that.
With the win the A’s are tied with the Rangers atop the AL West at 18-15. Both teams are 4 games ahead of the 15-20 Angels and 4.5 over the 13-19 Mariners.