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Wild ending in Oakland sees A’s hold off Orioles

Aug 17, 2011, 6:49 PM EDT

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The A’s edged the Orioles 6-5 on Wednesday when Kurt Suzuki was able to hold to the throw from right fielder David DeJesus and plant a tag on pinch-runner Blake Davis to end the game.

It was a big surprise that it came to that.  Andrew Bailey retired the first two batters he faced in a 6-4 game in the ninth, only to give up a double and an infield single, putting runners on the corners.  After that, Nick Markakis laced a clean single to right field that DeJesus should have scooped with ease.

Instead, the ball rolled between his legs, and it turned out to be a fortunate break for the A’s.  The Orioles tried to score Davis from first on the play, but DeJesus made a strong recovery and one-hop throw home, allowing Suzuki to plant the tag.  Several seconds later — home plate Dan Bellino was waiting for Suzuki to show him the ball — the out call was made and the game ended with a 6-5 score.

MLB.com has the video.

Suzuki was the hero for Oakland.  Besides the tag, he hit two solo homers in his biggest game of the season.  They were just his 33rd and 34th runs batted in, a far cry from his totals of 88 and 71 the last two years.

It was a sloppy day for outfield play all-around.  Baltimore left fielder Nolan Reimold gave Josh Willingham a two-run double in the first by breaking the wrong way initially and center fielder Adam Jones later turned a double into a triple for Brandon Allen by bobbling a ball that went over his head.

  1. The Baseball Idiot - Aug 17, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    If the umpire would have missed that call, there would have been 10,000 articles and blogs written about, and thousands of comments about how bad it was.

    An umpire does everything right, puts himself into position, doesn’t rush, and gets it right.

    I guess it’s more fun for everyone to complain than compliment.

    I’m not picking on you, Matthew, but it seems fair is fair. If umpires are going to be raked over the coals for every bad call they make, shouldn’t they get credit for doing it right?

    Or the complaints about the umpires just useless pissing and moaning that everyone should shut up about?

    • Ari Collins - Aug 17, 2011 at 7:53 PM

      No. Because the umpire should not be the focus of the game at all. They’re supposed to blend into the background, because the game is not about them. It’s about the players.

      It’s only when they make the game about them by making a mistake that we notice them.

      Now, I’m not blaming them. Everyone makes mistakes, and things happen awfully fast out there on the diamond. They’re only human.

      But that’s why we should have instant replay; the game should never be about the umpires.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Aug 17, 2011 at 7:58 PM

      I didn’t mean anything negative by the comment. I just thought it was funny. Suzuki was standing there holding the glove in his face, and the ump was there telling him “dude, I need to see the ball.”

  2. firerosenthalthebastard - Aug 17, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    You should mention that on that triple Brandon Allen went around the horn.

  3. APBA Guy - Aug 17, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    Kurt must have sensed his OPS descending to previously unexplored depths. Unfortunately his tendency after a single HR is to swing out of his shoes for weeks. Maybe after hitting two something new will happen, and he’ll swing with more balance and control and make regular contact.

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