Oakland has tying run thrown out at plate in 10th inning
The Oakland A’s are doing just enough to not quite win games.
Their two-week slump continued Friday night with a 3-2 loss against the Boston Red Sox. The A’s managed to catch up in the late innings, but couldn’t quite push over the top to steal a victory.
Oakland got a pair of homers from their lineup, and lots of defensive highlights, and effectively a quality start from their rotation, and scoreless relief from their bullpen through the end of the 9th inning. But all that got them was a ticket to extra innings, where Boston needed only one pitch to score their bonus runner in the top of the 10th while the A’s saw their own auto-runner thrown out at home plate in the bottom half.
That’s not to say the green-and-gold played well enough that they should have won this game, but they definitely could have. One of the Red Sox runs was a complete gift from Oakland’s defense, and the A’s own lineup got as far as it did despite only knocking four hits in 10 innings. Tonight’s victory was there for the taking, and it was Boston who seized it.
That’s become a familiar feeling for Oakland lately. Between their recent 10-game road trip, and the first four dates of their current homestand, a lot of winnable games have slipped through the cracks just like this one. Hopefully that’s just a brief and routine blip amid the wobbly marathon of the MLB season.
More details coming, including Frankie Montas’ start, the scoring on both sides, and some nice glovework. Keep hitting refresh!