I truly believe that the A’s would have won last night’s game if they had 9 Rajai Davises.
Rajai Davis certainly would have scored from second on Kurt Suzuki’s single in the 3rd inning. Fred Lewis didn’t even try to throw to home. But regardless of what Lewis did or didn’t do, Tony DeFrancesco certainly wouldn’t have held up Rajai Davis from scoring, as he did with Mark Ellis.
And Rajai Davis would have definitely gone from second to third on Jack Cust’s infield single in the 8th, unlike Kurt Suzuki. I could tell by the look on Suzuki’s face after that play that he was thinking, “Man, I wish I were Rajai Davis.” Rajai Davis then would have scored on Carlos Gonzalez’s deep fly out to right.
But we can’t all be Rajai Davis, and unfortunately for the A’s, the lost last night because of it. The real Rajai Davis did a hell of a job getting into scoring position on two occasions, including an awesome delay of second in which Benjie Molina tried to be a badass and pick him off. Instead, lightening fast Rajai broke for second and made it easily.
Maybe I’m just in awe of Rajai because it’s been so long since we’ve had a true speedster in Oakland. But the fact of the matter is, 1-0 L would’ve been 2-1 W with 9 Rajai Davises. Damn.
Let’s take the series today, guys.