When Francisco Rodriguez dropped a simple return throw from his catcher, the Oakland Athletics sneaked into first place all by themselves with perhaps the strangest win anyone had seen in years.
Jason Kendall alertly dashed home from third base with the winning run when Los Angeles' miffed closer flubbed the easy toss, and the A's took sole possession of first in the AL West with a 5-4 come-from-behind victory on Thursday.
Chavez was at the plate again in the ninth with two runners on and two out. After Rodriguez's first pitch was called a ball, the right-hander stared in and nonchalantly stuck out his glove for catcher Jose Molina's throw -- but it glanced away.
Kendall, watching at third, sprinted home and beat the throw, sending the A's roaring from the dugout to celebrate. The victory caps a surge of 20 wins in 23 games since the A's trailed Los Angeles by 8 1/2 games on July 18.
What should this play be called?
Nominees from the main thread....
by the way, every negative ninny who proclaims "Game Over" etc, should be forced to read that entire game thread. I'm not going to out you, but know that you look like a fool when you're that negative and it's pretty irritating too. Remember this game and learn to hope a little. It's okay... it's worth the pain in the end.
Name the Play:
The Swipe (5 votes)
F-Rod's F-up (27 votes)
The Sulk-Off (68 votes)
The Timmy Lupus (1 vote)
The Sulk-Off Swipe (11 votes)
The "Knoblauch" (1 vote)
Walk Off Hissy Fit (16 votes)
K-Rod's Petulant Brain Fart (7 votes)
something else... posted in the comments (3 votes)
Walk-off Pout (26 votes)
165 total votes