In 2012 the Athletics season was deemed by many as "The Year of the Walk-Off". Just when you least expected it, BAM!, clutch single from Coco Crisp, or WHOOSH towering three-run shot from Chris Carter, and WHAT? a Brandon Hicks homerun!
Regardless of who was the hero in the day's game, it always seemed to be someone new -- adding a page to the unscripted Cinderella Story.
Walk-off's aren't easy, and believe me I speak from experience! After a crueling year of Little League, I decided to hang up my cleats for good when my body made more contact with the ball that the bat.
Though on this glorious Sunday afternoon against the Rockies, the A's did just that and were able to win the ballgame 7-2 at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Arizona.
It could have been that the ballclub was watching a scouting video from my past performances prior to the game, or Colorado pitching is nothing without it's high altitude. But for whatever reason the A's were able to take advantage of the situation when it truly mattered.
Jorge De La Rosa was on the mound for the Rockies, against Brad Pitt... I mean AJ Griffin,(but that's another story in itself). In the top of the first, Adam Rosales who was playing left-field, lead-off the game with a first pitch seeing-eye single to center field. Scott Sizemore would follow with a base-knock to left and a walk from Josh Donaldson would set the stage for Michael Choice with two outs. Having an excellent spring thus far, Choice was hit by a pitch from De La Rosa giving the A's an early 1-0 lead.
Though is wasn't much longer before Nolan Arenado for the second-consecutive game against the Athletics, hit a monster-shot to straight-away center tying the game at one.
In the top of the third, Tyler Chatwood came in the game for Josh Sullivan and lets just say things didn't go well for him. Loading the bases, Daric Barton was hit-by-a-pitch and two batters later Rosales walked, making the score 3-1 A's. But Sizemore wanted to get in on the hitting parade and was plunked by Chatwood inducing Nakajima from third, 4-1 Oakland.
Things would remain scoreless until the top of the sixth when Grant Green began the frame with a single off of Josh Outman. He then presumed to second base on a wild-pitch and scored on a RBI single from Chris Young who had two strikeouts in the game, though raised his average to 400.
Catching prospect David Freitas even made an impression with the A's, taking Outman deep on a 1-0 count to left field in the top of the seventh, his first of the spring -- before something unusual occured in the bottom half. Justin Thomas would retire Ryan Wheeler on a grounder to first before allowing a single to Rafael Ortega. Kyle Parker then grounded out to Eric Sogard who began a double-play to end the frame. But on a series of misques, or a glitch from MLB Gameday, Colorado was able to score their final run of the game on an infield groundout from Arenado; 6-2 A's.
A ballgame isn't over until Michael Taylor says it's over, so he contributed with a two out double off of Dan Houston before being scored by Addision Russell.
Bruce Billings had a solid bottom of the ninth, surrendering just one single while inducing a groundout and double play ball to make the A's victors once again, with the final score being 7-2.
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