Friday, September 05, 2008

Game 138: Oakland @ Kansas City

Game Date: September 4, 2008
Royals 5, A's 4 / Box Score
WP: Soria (2-3), LP: Devine (4-1)
Royal Home Runs: None
Royals Record: 59-79

Brain Bannister didn't get the win, but he did pitch well again (1 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 3 K, 7.0 (IP) which is nice to see given the type of season he has had.

Billy Butler and Ryan Shealy contributed again at the plate. Butler gave the Royals the early lead with a two-run double in the third inning and Shealy singled in a run later in the inning. But the A's found a way to come back and push the game into extra innings.

In the bottom of the tenth, Esteban German reached on a throwing error by Bobby Crosby. David DeJesus sacrificed him to second. Mike Aviles drew an intentional walk. And that brought defensive replacement Joey Gathright to the plate.

First he planned to bunt, but then the A's brought Jack Hannahan in at third and took the bunt away. Then he planned to just slap the ball on the left side of the infield toward the hole and run like crazy. He was looking for a sinker, but got a 93 mph fastball which caused him to be a little late. He ended up slapping the ball fair down the left field line and German scored the winning run.

Baseball is a crazy game sometimes.

Mike Sweeney played against the Royals for the first time in a regular season game. He went 0-for-5, but he got a nice ovation from the crowd.

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