Athletics For Life

That 19-Inning Game

May 3rd, 2013

Well I’m a bit belated on talking about that 19-inning game that the A’s played four days ago, but I was belated on watching the game itself. This season I have been watching west coast night games the next day. I have my MLB.tv At Bat app set to “hide scores” so I won’t see the final scores for games played the night before. Then, I just watch the game like normal and stay off Facebook and Twitter for a few hours.

Well, Tuesday morning and afternoon, I had to stay off Facebook and Twitter for more than just a few hours. I turned on the game at 7:30 a.m. and it was after 2:00 p.m. when it was finally over.

BJFonjoCIAAFge-.jpg-largeI was¬† little spoiled though, despite¬† having “hide scores” set on my MLB.tv app. The app still told me that the game was “Final/19.” So I knew it was 19 innings. So that means that I wasn’t worried when the Angels were up 7-2 going into the bottom of the 8th. I knew the comeback was coming; I just didn’t know how. I called a couple of grand slams – one by Brandon Moss and one by Josh Donaldson – but that didn’t happen. Instead the A’s chipped away that five-run lead on a Jed Lowrie RBI single, a Donaldson 2-RBI single, and a Chris Young pinch hit RBI single.

And then it was Yoenis Cespedes – the man the A’s missed so badly for the two weeks he was on the disabled list – who came up with the game tying RBI in the bottom of the 9th to send this game into the history-making marathon that nobody in O.co knew they were getting into.

Now one thing I wondered when I saw that it was such a long game was, who the heck was going to pitch all those innings? The game was started by Dan Straily, who had been called up from Sacramento to make a spot start for Brett Anderson, who was nursing an ankle injury. Anderson wasn’t on the D.L. though, and the A’s were going with a six-man bullpen instead of seven. I fully expected a position player to come in and pitch at some point.

But then Anderson himself came into the game in the 13th inning. Well, he was on normal rest and the ankle injury wasn’t enough to D.L. him, so I guess why not? He went 5 1/3 innings and ended up leaving the game after aggravating his injury, so it’s hard to say it was a great idea to put him in there, but it was kind of a great idea to put him in there. Hindsight and all, I know, but the A’s don’t win the game without him. And he might’ve ended up on the D.L. anyway.

He did give up a run on a questionable bases loaded walk in the 15th inning, but the A’s tied it up again in the bottom of the 15ht, an an Adam Rosales RBI single. Then, the game dragged to the 19th inning, Jerry Blevins pitched an inning and 2/3 of scoreless ball, and Brandon Moss mercifully ended the late night contest on a two-run homer to right field. I was most excited though when the A’s got the final out in the top of the 19th though, because that’s when I knew it’d go down as a win for the green and gold.

What a game – the longest in Oakland A’s history. And it’s not one I’ll soon forget. Go A’s!!

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