The game started off with the A's in trouble, as Dan Straily was not exactly sharp in the front half of the game, allowing the Angels to multiple base runners on in each of the first two innings, working out of a jam in the first, but allowing a Vernon Wells 2 run HR in the bottom of the 2nd, before hitting Chris Ianetta, and allowing a single to Mike Trout, before striking out Torii Hunter and inducing Pujols to fly out to end the inning.
In the top of the 2nd, however, the A's did get on the board with a Yoenis Cepsedes Solo shot to lead off the inning.
The A's would add on int he 4th with a 2 run HR by Brandon Moss, knocking in Cespedes, and a Stephen Drew Sac Fly to score Donaldson.
Straily, after his eventful first two innings, managed to settle down, going 6.2 IP with 3 ER, 1 BB and 8 Strikeouts, but allowing 2 homeruns, the last of which knocked him out of the game.
With a 4-3 lead going into the 9th inning, and with memories of several lost chances to add on behind them, the A's were looking to take the game with a slim lead. Luckily, Coco Crisp and Torii Hunter combined to induce an exciting play, as Crisp lined down the right field line for a Triple to score Cliff Pennington, and incidentally himself, with the play being scored a 3B E5 RBI for Crisp instead of the Inside the Park HR that, personally, I think it deserved (shades of Mark Kotsay). 6-3 A's! The lead is safe! Right?
The bottom of the inning, however, was the heart attack portion of this show.
Grant Balfour relieved Sean Doolittle after his 11 pitch 1.1 IP, and proceeded to give flashbacks of his meltdown from the beginning of the year. Balfour led off the inning with a walk to Chris Iannetta, with the umpire very obviously squeezing the strike zone on Balfour. Unfortunately, this led to another walk, this time of Mike Trout, followed by Torii Hunter single to score Ianetta and land Trout on 3rd with no outs. Albert Pujols, being Pujols, singled in Trout to make it a 6-3.
This prompted Melvin to bring in Blevins, and myself to make the infamous call plead above.
Blevins entered the game and struck out Kendry Morales, and induced Kendrick to ground in the Piss-My-Pants Inducing GIDP that ended the game, and soiled my loins.
And as requested, Pics.
Good Night Oakland.