What a great day to decide to watch an A’s game in its entirety. Late start times and bad timing meant I hadn’t watched a full A’s game in over a week, but I was able to catch all 14 innings of today’s crazy game with the White Sox.
Back-to-back two-out RBI by Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Reddick in the 7th inning brought out the sadness in Hawk’s voice. But, he was in expected form when the White Sox tied the game in the 9th on Paul Konerko’s 400th career home run, a solo shot to left off Grant Balfour that tied the game at two. “Hell yes!!!!!” he screamed. Ugh.
So onto extra innings we went. The A’s would get a game-saving play in the 13th when Gordon Beckham tried to score from first on a double down the left field line and Cliff Pennington and Eric Sogard nailed him at the plate with a great relay throw. This would be crucial as the A’s went down in order in the bottom of the inning.
In the 14th, Hawk got excited again as Alexi Ramirez doubled home a pair of runs. “Don’t stop now boys!” he urged, but luckily for the A’s they did stop at two runs and the game was still in reach. Oh, it certainly didn’t feel like it as these are the A’s, but with Cespedes due up third in the bottom of the inning, there was a glimmer of hope.
Sogard struck out to start the inning – “He gone!” After Reddick singled and Cespedes came up to bat, I was thinking home run. Everyone in the O.co was thinking home run. Even Hawk and his broadcast partner were talking about it, so it almost wasn’t a surprise when Cespedes launched one into the left field bleachers to tie the game at 4-4. Don’t stop now boys! And they didn’t. Seth Smith and Kurt Suzuki both singled, and then Kila Ka’aihue blooped one into no man’s land in left to score Smith and give the A’s the win.
And in all the excitement of a come-from-behind walkoff win, it’s easy for Jarrod Parker’s A’s debut to get overlooked, but he pitched well, allowing just one run in six innings, striking out five and walking none.
So after 20 games, the A’s stand out .500. Their first east coast road trip is coming up next. Go A’s!