Scene One: We open into a darkened room with a couch and a TV. A small laptop is perched on the lap of our protagonist, whose head is in her hands. An empty wine bottle is overturned nearby. She is muttering, “Friday night A’s baseball. Friday night A’s baseball”, Shining-style.
I can’t say that I didn’t deserve it. I did warn all of you that the A’s couldn’t lose a game worse than they did last Friday, where they jumped out to a 6-run lead and watched it disappear, but then the A’s were like “Hold my beer” and three hours later, here we are.
My hero of the game is Mike Leake, whose snappy delivery is the only reason this game didn’t suck four hours of our lives from us instead of just three.
Oh where to start. I mean, I guess you could argue that batting Daniel Mengden would be a better plan than batting Jake Smolinski; I personally would just play Trayce Thompson like a normal person, but what are you going to do? Other than DFA’ing Smolinski along with Chris Hatcher, I mean. I don’t manage a Major League baseball team; I just write about one, but you sure begin to question a lot of things as this game goes down in the “L” column with a lead in the 7th without using either of your two best pitchers.
As long as I’m complaining, I don’t think I have ever seen a team leave as many runners on third base as the Oakland Athletics, circa really any year. I joke every time the A’s have a runner on third with less than two outs; we do the “will they or won’t they” dance, but it is ridiculous.
Yet when all said and done, the A’s needed seven outs to win the game tonight for Triggs, and the Mariners scored five runs before that first out was even recorded.
This game looked for all the world like it would be another barn-burner, as the A’s jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Khris Davis’ first home run of the night. Triggs’ only rough inning turned out to be the first himself, as he quickly found himself in a tie game, death by singles.
Both pitchers settled down and the game remained a 2-2 tie until the sixth, but the A’s wasted two golden opportunities. A walk and a two-base error in the third put runners on second and third with one out, but Davis struck out and Olson flew out to end the inning.
The A’s found themselves in the same situation in the fourth, this time with runners on first and third, but Smolinski grounded into an inning-ending double-play.
Nevertheless, the game was still tied at two in the sixth when Matt Chapman (who also made a terrific play on a bunt by one of the fastest guys in baseball) homered to untie the game.
Leading 3-2, Buchter retired the Mariners in the sixth (with two K’s!) and Petit recorded the first two outs of the seventh inning. Then it (quite literally) all fell apart. Petit allowed a two-out single and was replaced by Coulombe. Who walked the only guy he was supposed to get out.
Enter Chris Hatcher.
Exit the baseball, stage left.
Once more, for those of you in the cheap seats; he repeats the performance.
Another home run.
Five runs. A’s lose, despite Khris Davis’ second home run.
We do this again tomorrow, I for one, can’t wait!