Really. We’ve used them a lot this season: Magical, unbelievable, amazing, improbable. Last night’s win was all of those things, and then some. I really don’t know what to call it. All I do know though is the A’s will play another baseball game tonight after what transpired in the bottom of the 9th inning last night.
Max Scherzer was on. A.J. Griffin was not, but he got through without letting the game get out of hand. Down 2-0, the A’s took advantage of a Prince Fielder error in the sixth, as Coco Crisp made it to second on the play and then Stephen Drew doubled him home. But Drew and third base coach Mike Gallego made a poor decision to keep running all the way to third, and Drew was thrown out by a mile. That was a rally-killing, and possibly season-killing play.
Another rally-killing and possibly season-killing play happened in the bottom of the 8th. The A’s were down 3-1 at that point, and they had two runners on and two out for cleanup hitter Brandon Moss. But Moss struck out swinging to end the threat, and at that moment, I thought it was over. I thought I was watching the last game of the A’s 2012 season.
But then came the bottom of the 9th. Did the A’s any magic left, or did they use it all up in the regular season?
Josh Reddick singled to lead off the inning, and the crowd woke up and got back into it. Then Josh Donaldson doubled to the left-center field gap and we had runners at second and third with nobody out. That’s when everyone knew. There was no way the A’s were going to lose this game. Seth Smith doubled to the right-center field gap to plate both runs and tie the game. Then after George Kottaras popped out and Cliff Pennington struck out, Crisp came to the plate with a chance to win it. And he lined a single to right field that Avisail Garcia had trouble picking up, and Smith scored easily. A’s win!
In a matter of minutes, the A’s season went from one foot in the grave to very much alive. Now just one game stands between the A’s and the ALCS, and they’ll have to do it against Justin Verlander.
Game 5. Bring. It. On. Go A’s!!!!!!!