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The Athletics win in walk-off fashion again

Aug 4, 2012, 9:29 AM EDT

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I’d be lying if I said I stayed up to watch the very end of this, but the Athletics topped the Blue Jays 5-4 in 15 innings last night — or, early this morning, depending on your time zone — for their major-league leading 13th walk-off win of the season. Coco Crisp played the role of hero, delivering a sacrifice fly to score Jemile Weeks, who led off the 15th with a triple.

Dan Straily ended up getting a no-decision in his major league debut. The 23-year-old right-hander allowed just one run on five hits and a walk over six innings while striking out five. While he got away with a few pitches, he looked plenty good, especially with his changeup.

The A’s handed a 4-1 lead to closer Ryan Cook in this one, but he gave up a game-tying three-run homer to Jeff Mathis with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. Yes, that Jeff Mathis. However, Jerry Blevins, the newly-acquired Pat Neshek, Sean Doolittle and Travis Blackley combined for six innings of shutout relief until Crisp’s game-winning sacrifice fly. Blackley, who was moved to the bullpen to make room for Straily, had three shutout frames and notched the win.

This was actually the A’s second 15-inning victory this week, as they defeated the Rays 4-3 on Monday night behind a sacrifice fly from Weeks. According to the Associated Press, the Athletics are the first team to play a pair of 15-inning games in a five-day span since the Dodgers in 2006.

  1. gogigantos - Aug 4, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Great ball, young players, cheap easy tickets,,,,
    Go A’s

  2. Mark - Aug 4, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Straily looked good cause he faced a minor league lineup. Lawrie hurt his oblique in his first AB, so the lineup he faced was basically:

    Vizquel
    Rasmus
    Encarnacion
    Johnson
    Escobar
    Cooper
    Davis
    Mathis
    Gose

    Good performance during his major league debut, but I wouldn’t call that murderer’s row. There’s maybe 2 quality hitters in that lineup lol.

    • doctorfootball - Aug 4, 2012 at 10:04 AM

      The players you listed there account for 80 of the 149 home runs the Blue Jays have hit this year. That’s pretty impressive for a rookie, making his first start, to go up against.

      • Mark - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:27 PM

        The players I account for are:

        Omar Vizquel – 0 HR, 517 OPS
        Colby Rasmus – 19 HR, 771 OPS (one of the good hitters I spoke of)
        EE – 28 HR, 953 OPS (the other good hitter I spoke of)
        Kelly Johnson – 12 HR, 696 OPS (remember, this is the cleanup hitter)
        Yunel Escobar – 7 HR, 652 OPS
        David Cooper – 767 OPS in 80 at bats
        Rajai Davis – 6 HR, 727 OPS
        Jeff Mathis – 6 HR, 753 OPS
        Anthony Gose, 453 OPS

        What part of this lineup is impressive outside of Rasmus/EE? From that lineup there are 2 minor league call ups, 3 bench players, and 2 middle infielders who can’t post a 700 OPS.

        Most of the 80 home runs you speak from came from 2 guys, like I said. Rasmus & EE combined have 47. KJ has hit a bunch of home runs but his overall production blows.

        The Jays are a good run scoring team, but they’re missing several key regulars and the lineup they threw out there looked more like a spring training lineup than a major league calibre lineup. Let’s not pretend that Straily was facing a good lineup here.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 4, 2012 at 11:21 AM

      The injuries continue to pile up. Both Lawrie and Rasmus are expected to miss today’s game. If Gomes catches today, the Jays will start 5 position players who began the season in Triple A. Should be a good experience for the kids. Kind of feel sorry for the fans in Las Vegas. All of the top prospects on that team are either in the majors (Gose, Cooper, Sierra, Gomes and Hechavarria, traded (Snider and Thames) or injured (d’Arnaud). The kids are OK. All of them are legitimate prospects who should have decent careers in the majors.

      • jaysjunkie - Aug 5, 2012 at 12:36 PM

        I believe they said Hechavarria was the 49th player to be used on the Jays’ roster this year? That is staggering.

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 4, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    So Straily joined Oswalt and Zambrano as starters-turned-relievers picking up wins in their first (I think) relief appearances this week. Fun stuff.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 4, 2012 at 10:00 AM

      Meant to say BLACKLEY, not STRAILY up there. Sorry folks

  4. keithbangedyermom - Aug 4, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    If there is a god of baseball, I beg him to make the World Series A’s vs Pirates.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 4, 2012 at 11:22 AM

      That would be a great match up.

    • butchhuskey - Aug 4, 2012 at 12:10 PM

      That would be amazing

    • Jeremy T - Aug 4, 2012 at 12:59 PM

      Lowest ratings of all time, probably, but that would be pretty awesome

    • bigmeechy74 - Aug 4, 2012 at 8:01 PM

      I’d rather see a little team from a little town called the YANKEES in it baby!!! Go bronx bombers!!! Just kidding i hate them

  5. psunick - Aug 4, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Oh yeah!

    I’m down with that, keith!

  6. hcf95688 - Aug 4, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    I’ve attended three A’s games in the past week. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Thirty nine (39!) innings.

    • jaysjunkie - Aug 5, 2012 at 12:38 PM

      That’s good value for the money!

  7. APBA Guy - Aug 4, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Did my longer comment on Settling the Score, but this game really does illustrate the difference between the 2012 A’s and the team of the last few years. Even with the deflating 9th inning HR-to-tie by Mathis, the A’s showed composure and hung on to win it. They had a good opportunity in the bottom of the 10th with bases loaded and 1 out, but Lincoln struck out Reddick for out number 2 and Moss couldn’t come up with the 2 out hit. However, the As unveiled their new weapon, the starter-turned-reliever Travis Blackley whose 3 shutout innings kept the A’s in it until Weeks’ lead-off triple in the 15th.

    • hcf95688 - Aug 4, 2012 at 12:31 PM

      Watching the game, I couldn’t help but dream of Yunel Escobar playing SS for the Green & Gold.

  8. bgrdmacheen - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    I hope the pirated never make the world series again, the last thing I want to hear are Pittsburgh fans, who haven’t even seen a pirates game in 7 years start running their mouths about baseball. The A’s would be okay with me tho

  9. seannyz89 - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    what about the play sogard made in the top of the 15th?? that was a great play and helped save the game!!

    • pantherpro - Aug 4, 2012 at 3:06 PM

      Nobody cares! Were there 10,000? You guys are can’t hang with Goliath known as SF Giants maybe Portland or Las Vegas would support you cause Oaktown is dead!

      • jlovenotjlo - Aug 4, 2012 at 9:01 PM

        1.) There is absolutely nothing “Goliath” about the San Francisco Giants. I hope all of you enjoy watching your 2010 glory fade away.

        2.) Bragging about an excess of overpaying butts in your seats, instead of quality on the diamond, makes you sound like an ignorant douche.

  10. APBA Guy - Aug 4, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    30,000 last night at the Mausoleum, Panther.

  11. gogigantos - Aug 4, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Not too many please, makes cheap and easy a bit difficult,,, more is more fun though for sure,,, Go A’s!!

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