And if by "riveting" you mean "utterly boring and predictable" and by "second" you mean "only out of last place because Seattle is so horrifically bad that it masks the suckiness of the A's and Angels".
As you can probably tell from the intro, the 11-inning game between the A's and the Angels wasn't a nail-biter as much as it was, well, a snoozer. It's fairly painful to watch two absolutely anemic offenses all afternoon in the battle of the ground ball outs.
And lest you hold it against Brad Ziegler, who was the pitcher of record when the Angels scored the winning run (on a play where the A's weren't playing at normal depth in right field), check out Ziggy's recent workload. Keep in mind, this is in the month of expanded rosters, where the bullpen is fresh, rested and has depth, right? Not really so much. Who is in the 'pen? Ziggy has appeared in most of the games of the last week, and has pitched into the second inning in more than half of them. He was lucky to escape the 10th, there was no real reason to send him back out for the 11th. (Unless that reason was; the season is over, let's get on the plane to Seattle).
The Angels scored their first run on a groundout in the third, the A's tied the game on a Rajai double in the fifth, and the Angels won the game on a single in the eleventh, Ziggy's second inning of work. Yes, that was all the scoring. The A's left approximately a million runners on base. Cramer pitched well and into the seventh inning.
Honestly, that's all I've got. Yet another 80 game losing season for the A's. Bring on Spring Training; hope springs eternal!
The A's head to Seattle for the final roadtrip of the season. Goodbye 2010!
4 game series vs Mariners @ SAFECO Field
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|Sat 10/02||7:10 PM PDT|
|Sun 10/03||1:10 PM PDT|