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Sewage problems at Coliseum no problem for the Athletics as they cut their magic number to one

Sep 21, 2013, 9:25 PM EDT

Twins Athletics Baseball AP

D.J. Short posted earlier about the Coliseum’s latest sewage issue as a result of rain in the Oakland area. The showers caused a two-hour delay while players, coaches, and clubhouse personnel dealt with the primitive conditions indoors. Once play resumed, the A’s wasted no time getting on the board.

Alberto Callaspo contributed an RBI single in the first. In the second, Chris Young hit a sacrifice fly, Yoenis Cespedes singled to left to score two, then Callaspo slugged a two-run home run to left field to cap off a five-run inning.

From there, it was smooth sailing for Athletics starter Jarrod Parker. The right-hander went six strong innings, allowing just one run — a Josmil Pinto home run in the fifth — on four hits and a walk. He only struck out one Twin, but the Athletics were happy to play solid defense behind him.  The offense continued to tack on, as Kurt Suzuki blasted a two-run home run in the seventh and Cespedes added a solo shot in the bottom of the eighth.

A’s relievers Dan Otero and Jerry Blevins teamed up for three shutout innings, finalizing the 9-1 victory. Moving to 92-63, the Athletics reduce their magic number to one. With the Rangers leading the Royals 3-0 late as of this writing, the Athletics will look to wrap up the AL West title tomorrow afternoon behind starter Sonny Gray.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Sounds more like their magic number is two.

    • Bill Baer - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:39 PM lists one.

      • tfbuckfutter - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:45 PM


        It was a poop joke.

        I have references too.

      • Bill Baer - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:48 PM

        Ah, well done. I missed that one. I tip my cap to you, good sir.

      • tfbuckfutter - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:52 PM

        There’s never any shame in missing something that is aimed at the lowest common denominator.

    • coloradogolfcoupons - Sep 22, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      Get Selig out there NOW and rub his nose in it

  2. chill1184 - Sep 21, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    A’s are awesome

    • hcf95688 - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:13 PM

      Even in the lean years, I love being an A’s fan.

  3. bosoxfan15 - Sep 21, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    @turd furguson, it sucks when you have to explain simple jokes, right? If it’s any consolation, I got it and chuckled.

  4. kcrobert10 - Sep 21, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    I’ve been calling the coliseum a dump for the better part of a decade. Glad the royals play in the central so they don’t have to play there very much but the chiefs play the raiders there and in the nfl all games are important esp division games. Hope the people in Oakland build a new stadium if not both teams may need to move on.

    • 4d3fect - Sep 22, 2013 at 12:06 AM

      We’ll be sure to mention your concerns to Mr. Selig. He’ll look into this right away.

  5. MyTeamsAllStink - Sep 22, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Turds floating in the dugout tarps on the seats foundation cracking crappy location and a city that is broke with a mayor who shows up late to meetings with the Raiders to discuss a new stadium.The Raiders A’s and Warriors will all be gone soon.

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