Game 31 + Minors Rewind: Kicking A’s & Taking Names

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== Pedal-to-the-metal 9th inning breaks Oakland will ==

A 4-3 lead hung in the balance, but not every day has to be a high-wire act.

Brad Miller, batting at the bottom of the order, where he’s already drawn more walks in seven games than he did in 19 games batting 2nd, drew a walk.

Michael Saunders, not having the three-run homer available, bunted and provoked a throwing error that left Miller on 3rd and himself on 2nd with no outs.

James Jones got two hits from the No. 2 spot in the order, but struck out in this spot, and the A’s gave an intentional pass to Robinson Cano to load ’em up with one away.

Then it was Corey Hart putting pedal to the surgically-repaired-knee metal on a dribbling ground ball to short (video link).  A double play would have snuffed the rally, but Hart motored to beat the throw and extend the inning.

That was all Justin Smoak (two-run single; video link) and Kyle Seager (RBI double; video link) needed.

Next thing ya know, it’s 8-3 and it was safe to send Tom Wilhelmsen out for the bottom of the inning.

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Before and After the Tide-Turning Epic 11-Pitch At-Bat Home Run

e11pabhr3If you’re just joining us, the TTE11PABHR came against Houston on April 23, with the Mariners behind 3-0 in the 7th and on the verge or their ninth straight loss.  It was hit by Seager on the 11th pitch of the at-bat.

Before TTE11PABHR After TTE11PABHR
Team record 7-13 9-2
Team slash .222/.276/.356 .261/.330/.402
Seager .156/.280/.219 .317/364/.732
Smoak .232/.289/.420 .263/.349/.447
Cano .269/.326/.349 .333/.364/.452

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All of which leads to the Wild Card standings:

AMERICAN W L PCT GB HOME ROAD RS RA DIFF STRK L10
Baltimore* 16 14 .533 7-6 9-8 130 134 -4 Won 1 6-4
NY Yankees* 17 15 .531 9-8 8-7 132 150 -18 Won 1 4-6
Seattle 16 15 .516 5-6 11-9 134 129 +5 Won 4 8-2
Texas 17 16 .515 9-7 8-9 139 165 -26 Lost 2 3-7
LA Angels 16 16 .500 .5 8-9 8-7 166 136 +30 Lost 1 5-5
Chicago Sox 17 17 .500 .5 9-7 8-10 171 169 +2 Won 3 5-5
Boston 16 17 .485 1 9-11 7-6 137 142 -5 Won 1 6-4
Toronto 16 17 .485 1 5-7 11-10 156 152 +4 Won 3 5-5
Minnesota 15 16 .484 1 8-9 7-7 152 151 +1 Lost 1 4-6
Kansas City 15 17 .469 1.5 8-7 7-10 124 136 -12 Won 1 4-6
Tampa Bay 15 18 .455 2 7-8 8-10 141 150 -9 Lost 1 5-5

*Tied for division lead

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Daily Prospect-palooza

  • Tacoma got on track with a 7-0 shutout and another impressive start for Jordan Pries (5.0 IP, 0 R, 5 K).
  • He was relieved by Stephen Pryor, who went three scoreless frames in his first outing since Arpil 29.
  • Nick Franklin was the hitting star, with his 5th home run, plus two singles and a steal.
  • Kohlscheen — another guy you read about here first — now has 19 strikeouts and 1 walk in 16.2 IP, and a 1.08 ERA. Yes, one walk.
  • Matt Anderson, not a guy who’d made a mark before, had his third straight solid start (6.0 IP, 0 R, 7 K).  We’ll have to find out more about him.
  • Low-A Clinton lost, but got home run No. 6 from The Tank Tyler O’Neill.
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