Thursday, August 28, 2014

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A's (78-54) at the American League West-leading Angels (79-53) ...

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  1. A's down, 3-0, after two innings as the Angels get some fine directional hitting and base-running out of batters No. 4 through 9 in their order.

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  2. Mike Trout leads off the bottom of the third with the Angels' fifth single of the game off Sonny Gray.

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  3. Trout steals second and then scampers to third on a fly out to left-center, and, so, of course, Bob Costas, Jim Kaat and Tom Verducci launch into songs of praise to Trout's talents.

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  4. Phew. Angels load bases but can't add to their lead. Still 3-0. This Angels lineup really is just terrific.

    Oh, how I hate them so.

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  5. OK! OK! Josh Donaldson leads off the fourth inning with a double!

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  6. Donaldson's double (of course) touches off another round of love for Mike Trout and his "premature understanding of the game."

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  7. There's Mike Scoscia, who always makes me think of Kirk Gibson.

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  8. Gomes sails a deep fly to Josh Hamilton, and Donaldson is on third.

    Mike Trout was majestic in center on that play, by the way, watching Hamilton make the catch in left.

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  9. Out. Angels coming up in the fourth, still ahead 3-0.

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  10. Baseball is too hard. I want to cry.

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  11. Here's a commercial in which a U.S. Navy Reservist is praising Angels center-fielder Mike Trout.

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  12. Oh, in addition to the fact that Angels center-fielder Mike Trout is historically fantastic, I just learned that the A's have struggled to score runs since trading away Yoenis C├ęspedes a few weeks ago.

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  13. 3-0, Angels, through four innings. Coming up for Oakland in the top of the fifth: Brandon Moss, who hasn't homered in more than a month; Geovany Soto, whom the A's picked up off of waivers from Texas last week, and Andy Perrino, who was hitting .167 on the season before striking out in his previous at-bat.

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  14. Well, OK ... Moss singles into right, and then Soto lifts a spinning fly into right. The ball takes an odd bounce off the wall, and Soto chugs all the way around to third base. It's ruled a double and an error on the right-fielder ... 3-1!

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  15. COCO SINGLES UP THE MIDDLE AGAIN! IT'S 3-2! #GREENCOLLAR!

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  16. Crisp is picked off first, and the Angels take a one-run (and one-game) lead to the bottom of the fifth.

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  17. Angels center-fielder Mike Trout is the leadoff hitter, but he swings at the first pitch, leaving not enough time for Costas, Kaat and Verducci to really get tuned up.

    "He guessed fastball on the first pitch, and he guessed correctly--but he just missed," sighs Aunt Kitty.

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  18. One, two, three for Sonny Gray of Smyrna, Tenn., and it's still 3-2 and headed to the sixth.

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  19. AND JOSH DONALDSON LEADS OFF THE SIXTH WITH A HOME RUN!

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  20. OK, first and second with two out for Oakland, and that chases the Angel starter, C.J. Wilson ...

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  21. Walk. Bases loaded. Here come Steven Vogt. Two out. Bases loaded. Right-handed reliever. I BELIEVE IN STEVEN VOGT!

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  22. 5-4-3 double play snuffs the Angels in the bottom of the sixth after a leadoff single. Still 3s.

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  23. With two outs, Donaldson falls behind 0-2 on the count but ends up drawing a walk in the top of the seventh ...

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    1. Angels center-fielder Mike Trout snags a fly out on the road to end the inning, and now we're going to break with MLB Network (of course) showing Trout's catch in slow motion. Still tied at 3, middle of the seventh.

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  24. OK, eight innings complete. Still 3-3. This is intense, baby.

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  25. And here comes Angels closer Huston Street, a former A.

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  26. Two out in the top of the ninth, and here comes our latest hero, Sam Fuld, who homered the A's from behind for a win at Houston late last night.

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  27. The Angels' lead-off hitter is tagged out on the way to first base, but the home-plate umpire has decided to award him the single, anyway.

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  28. The A's are now playing this game under protest.

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  29. HEY, AUNT KITTY, THE OAKLAND PITCHER FIELDED THE BALL AND TAGGED OUT THE RUNNER!

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  30. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  31. And now the Oakland pitcher and first baseman miscommunicate on a bunt up the first-base line, and we have Angels on first and (illegally) second with no out.

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  32. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  33. Bunt out. Angels on second and third. One down. BOO!!!

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  34. Intentional walk to load the bases. Left-handed reliever enters and gets a pop out for two down. Here comes right-hander Ryan Cook now to face Angels center-fielder Mike Trout with bases loaded, two out and the game tied at 3 in the bottom of the ninth.

    Of course.

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  35. Ground out, Angels center-fielder Mike Trout. Extra innings. #GREENCOLLAR!

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  36. The A's are now out of reserve batters. In honor of Ludogorets, maybe some pitcher will end up having to bat and go all Cosmin Moti up in here.

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  37. Albert Pujols walks to open the bottom of the 10th, and here's Josh Hamilton.

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  38. Hamilton singles, and that's first and third with no out. Alberto Callaspo barely misses Hamilton's grounder up the right-field side of second base ...

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  39. Here's Howie Kendrick, who I honestly can't remember ever making an out. I don't care what statistics they put up on the screen; I'm pretty sure Howie Kendrick hits about .800 every season.

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  40. Kendrick gets his out, but it's way out in right field. And that's it. 4-3, Angels.

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