Where do you start with a game like this? The best way may just be with some quick hits. Speaking of which, the A's had a lot of those tonight and not a single one left the yard. It was the first time the A's had 20 or more hits in Fenway Park since 1969, something nobody would have predicted seeing tonight's lineup card.
Let's look at a few key moments.* After taking an early 2-0 lead, Vin Mazzaro couldn't hold it as he allowed 5 runs in the third, hurt in large part by a couple very questionable calls by plate ump Adrian Johnson. This led to Bob Geren being ejected and the Oakland bats would awaken late in the game, just in time.
* Down 7-4 going to the ninth, the comeback started with two away as Tommy Everidge's first hit in the bigs, a booming double off the very tippy-top of the Green Monster, plated Jack Cust, who had taken second on defensive indifference after a walk. That seemed small at the time but it proved otherwise.
* With the count 0-2, Mark Ellis hit a slow grounder that Nick Green threw away. Everidge scored and Ellis went to second. It was a very bad mistake because Ellis was safe all the way and they could have kept runners at the corners.
* After Ellis stole third, Rajai Davis hit another slow grounder that Green once again threw away, tying the game and blowing the save for Jonathan Papelbon.
* In the eleventh Ellis doubled with two away, his fourth hit of the night. Davis came through with a full count single through the hole to right. After Davis swiped second Adam Kennedy's fifth hit of the night (and third RBI) plated Davis.
* The two run lead was big as Andrew Bailey allowed back-to-back singles to open the bottom half of the inning. A sacrifice bunt followed by a grounder brought the score to 9-8 and Bailey got Dustin Pedroia to fly out to left for the win.
This was one of those games where it looked like the A's are going to tease us again only to come up short - and by all accounts they should have; thanks Nick Green - so pulling it out in Boston after trailing 6-2 could be a big confidence builder for these guys. They played very well overall and came through in the clutch numerous times.
After not allowing a run since the All-Star Break, Boston's bullpen coughed up seven runs, six earned. On the postgame show they said this is also the first time the A's have come back from a three-run deficit in the ninth in Fenway since 1930. It's not always going to go like this but when it does it sure is fun to watch. Yes, especially when it happens in Boston.
Oh, I'd like to thank the A's for giving me a fun one to recap.