7:05AM: Edited (slightly) to fit FP guidelines - cuppingmaster
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan picked a hell of a game to party with the RF bleacher crew.
Sticking it out with the die-hards, she witnessed the A's longest game of the season, which Jemile Weeks ended with a bases loaded sacrifice fly, scoring Brandon Inge from third. 0-7 to that point, Weeks was an unlikely hero, in a season full of unlikely heroes, and the A's start off the homestand with a midnight snack of pie and Gatorade. Walkoff #12, and Weeks' first of the season.
At 19-4, this is now the best July in A's history.
Up until the pie, the 5 hour 3 minute marathon was a relatively boring affair. Go after the jump to recap it!
The A's took an early lead in the 2nd, thanks to an infield single by Cespedes, an RBI double by Carter, and an RBI double by Suzuki.
The Rays tied it in the 4th, thanks to a Carlos Pena double. Carlos was undoubtedly mad about his Moneyball portrayal. I'm sure he thought Beane directed the movie as well. At least they spared him getting sent down to the minors before the trade; I feel like he came out ahead there.
A solo shot by Matt Joyce tied the game in the top of the 6th. Prior to that, Smith saved a near-home run, and Cespedes robbed BJ Upton of a sure HR, so the Joyce jack was no surprise.
However, I will take this moment to point this out:
I have confidence in our team to come back
and our bullpen to hold.
by Billy Frijoles on Jul 30, 2012 8:45 PM PDT
For the record, my_cat_max and sc00by agreed. The rest of you are clearly not lawyers.
What was a surprise was that our bespectacled friend came out for the 7th inning, the first time in his young career that he went past six innings. He shut down the Rays in a strange manner. Carlos Pena tried to go from first to third on a Jose Molina single to RF, and Reddick calmly gunned him down by a country mile. An ill-advised and even iller-executed run and hit call resulted in a Sean Rodriguez swing-and-miss, and a Jose Molina caught stealing. No one will remember the run and hit call, and in the Baseball Reference pages many years later people will wonder why Jose Molina was trying to steal a base.
In the bottom of the 7th, this magic season continued with another opposite field blast off the bat of Brandon Hicks on David Price's 118th pitch of the night. Unfortunately, it was only a solo shot, giving the bullpen no margin for error.
The bullpen was nails. Sean Doolittle, Ryan Cook, Grant Balfour, Jerry Blevins, and Jordan Norberto took us from the 8th to the 15th with nary a run. The Rays bullpen matched them inning for inning.
The A's offense landed a few jabs, but no haymakers, leaving three on base in the 9th three on in the 10th, two on in the 11th, and one on in the 12th. Jemile Weeks ended two of those innings, the 9th with a backwards K, and the 11th with a weak groundout.
As the zeros piled on, thoughts drifted from pie to sleep. These comments sum up the collective feel of AN, and likely the 12,045 at the Coliseum, which number dwindled as the hour approached midnight:
I NEED SLEEP
by Ragefest on Jul 30, 2012 11:04 PM PDT
I'm too old for this shit.
by GoGreenWave on Jul 30, 2012 11:08 PM PDT
7 hours until my morning alarm
...how many A's will be left on base by then??
by Mike Pionus on Jul 30, 2012 11:08 PM PDT
Kottaras would have ended this a long time ago
by Athletix Man on Jul 30, 2012 11:22 PM PDT
I believe a walk-off was called for every A's hitter at one time or another. I will not bore you with further details of these innings.
Melvin elected to keep Jerry Blevins in for the top of the 14th. He allowed two weak singles. With men on first and second, Joe Maddon did not elect to have Brooks Conrad (best known for his multiple error postseason games in 2010) sacrifice. Blevins struck him out looking, on a perfect curveball. The next two batters flew out, and Blevins snuffed out the threat. 2 2/3 solid innings from the Bernie evangelist.
The 14th inning stretch:
oh god A's PLEASE end this game!!!!
by gbigham on Jul 30, 2012 11:46 PM PDT
Could the A's do it again? WE WANT PIE! WE WANT PIE!
The bottom of the 14th, Cespedes got his third single of the game, Carter struck out, and the threat was over.
Norberto got into a jam and worked out of it in the top of the 15th.
At 12:11, in the bottom of the 15th, they announced that the last BART train leaves the Coliseum at 12:30. That sent a few more stragglers to the exits.
Finally, after an Inge single, Suzuki bunt, Smith walk, and Sogard walk, Weeks sent the die-hards home happy.