Nothing makes for a more enjoyable barbecuing of dead/unconscious/injured animals like a game won in the 9th inning. Adam Rosales, who has taken over the role of "being Marco Scutaro," cracked a two out base hit up the middle off of Royals' closer Joaquim Soria to score Kurt Suzuki, who had doubled, and break a 5-5 tie.
The A's put up a 3-spot on Bruce Chen in the top of the 1st and then went silent for 5 innings. Trevor Cahill looked great in the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th, but was torched for five runs in the bottom of the 2nd -- four coming on a grand slam by Yuni-- by Yuniesk-- by Y-- ok I can't even get myself to say it.
The A's tied it with single runs in the 6th and 7th, so that Rosales could come up big in the 9th. Andrew Bailey left the tying run at third base when he struck out Jason Kendall to end it.
One note, to be delivered, please, to Trevor Cahill. You know how you've given up grand slams in two of your last three starts? Bases loaded walks aren't good, but grand slams are actually worse. You don't need to give in. Another note, as long as the first one is being delivered anyway: Terrific job settling down. That's good pitching.
Ooh, the grill is ready, and the carcasses are coming out -- gotta go. Look for pictures from a joyous Chez Nico, in a fanpost coming soon!