The A's faced the Angels, with the season nearly done;
One team played for seeding and the other just for fun.
The West had been decided, but home-field's on the line;
Oakland sat a single game behind Boston's starting nine.
Both teams were feeling tired from the season's long, hot days;
Trout sat out for Anaheim, and Donaldson for the A's.
The home team called its ace to take the ball for Wednesday's game;
And Jered Weaver had blanked the A's for 25 straight frames.
But the visitors felt confident, cause if you hadn't heard;
Dan Straily hadn't lost a start since August twenty-third.
The Angels In The Outfield are stars who make big bucks;
But today's cast looked like extras: Cowgill, Kalhoun, and Shuck.
And while Callaspo hoped to show L.A. his brand new Bernie Lean;
Oakland got another look at their old boy, Grant Green.
The two teams traded zeroes through the first three frames of play;
And it became quite clear a pitcher's duel was going to rule the day.
Shuck tried to stretch a double but Reddick erased the harm;
I'm shocked that teams keep running on the Gold Glover's arm.
The Angels manufactured a run in the bottom of the 4th;
To break the stalemate with their opponents from the north.
Erick Aybar got things started with a single struck with grace;
Then made his way to second with an easy stolen base.
He traveled on to third when a ground ball went to Sogard;
And ran for home when Hamilton hit one toward DarBar.
Barton had a play at home and knew he couldn't wait;
But his throw came high and wide as Aybar slid across the plate.
More trouble brewed thereafter as the fifth inning played out;
But it was borne of smoke and mirrors rather than mighty home run clout.
Ianetta drew a walk and Romine sacrificed him over;
And the Angels drew some luck as if they held a four-leaf clover.
Callaspo's throw to first was bad, and pulled Barton up the line;
He let the ball go by instead of colliding with Romine.
Two runners on and no one out, and Scioscia gave the word;
Cowgill dropped another bunt -- they moved to second and third.
Infield drawn in for Shuck and he played right into their shift;
Lowrie got the out at home to give his team a lift.
But the damage would be done as Aybar bounced one up the middle;
A run came home and the Angels had increased their lead a little.
Then Hamilton beat out a grounder - oh, how fast he ran!
But the inning ended when Kole Calhoun committed a TOOTBLAN.
No matter, though, for Shuck had scored, and thanks to grit and will;
The Angels' lead went up once more -- it was now three runs to nil.
Hope returned when Oakland began the sixth with their own rally;
But only one lone run would be amended to their tally.
Coco hit a single, and then Sogard did likewise;
And runners were on the corners -- it was time to capitalize.
Lowrie did his part with a fly ball to deep left field;
And Oakland finally scored a run -- perhaps their bats were healed!
Moss popped out and Sogard stole and Cespy doinked a hit;
But Reddick's fly ball to deep left field plopped right into Shuck's mitt.
There's not much else to tell about this somewhat low-key game;
The Angels were victors, 3-1, and that is quite a shame.
But don't fret, my friends, for really, everything is looking good;
Detroit won't gain three games this week to pass us -- knock on wood.
And passing the Sox to be the top seed seems like it would be heaven;
But the Rays are hot, and Cleveland is tough -- they beat us five of seven.
The only thing that matters is the playoff berth is sealed;
Because anything can happen on October's baseball field.
The A's have three more games to go and Seattle is the host;
Then we'll gear up as playoff ball returns to the West Coast.
Felix and Colon start Friday as the season comes to a head;
Meet us here at seven -- Billy Frijoles will have your thread.