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The trouble with a winning streak is you need your damn closer every day. Hee hee hee, I'm not complaining. Fate is such a funny thing: It turns out that if Carl Everett believed in dinosaurs, he would have hit a game-winning grand slam. But he doesn't, so he flied to left. Hee hee hee. I like winning 5 in a row. Why is Joe Blanton 3-0 with an ERA under 1.00 against the Mariners, but 3-6, with a Suck.LameEeww ERA against the rest of the league? Hee hee hee. Who cares--we're 1/2 game out of 1st place.

Interesting detail tonight: the huge insurance run was driven in by a single to right by Jason Kendall with the bases loaded. Kendall hit pitch on the outside corner, following two outside pitches that missed. I really believe that George Sherrill was afraid to pitch Kendall inside for fear of hitting him, and that Kendall was looking away the entire at-bat. The power of the HBP! Hee hee hee.

The biggest positive to me tonight? Every single at bat by Bobby Crosby was superb. From his walk (stop the presses!) to his double inside 3rd, to being rung up on a very close 3-2 that Croz actually took (historically he rarely takes 3-2 pitches even when they aren't close), to his drive to right-center that Ichiro ran down. It would make all the difference if Crosby stayed healthy and turned the corner as a hitter. It's been a long time coming, but there's no time like the present. After all, it's mid-June and the A's are just a 1/2 game out of 1st place.

Hee hee hee.