Three runs in 12th, capped by Tony Kemp walk-off sac fly
If you were looking for something big to shake the Oakland A’s out of their recent slump, maybe this was it.
The A’s locked horns with the Boston Red Sox for nearly four-and-a-half hours and emerged with a thrilling 7-6 walk-off victory in 12 innings at the Coliseum. It felt at once like Oakland should have won this game several times over, and also that they stole it at the last minute, but either way it was the emotional catharsis that the team and fans alike needed after two weeks of exasperating losses.
For most of the day it was shaping up as another contest full of costly errors and frustrating near-misses. Boston’s first two runs were unearned, and their third was aided by another defensive miscue. On the other side of the ball the A’s left a ton of runners on base, and had one thrown out at home plate in the 10th inning for the second straight game.
When the Sox scored a pair in the 12th, it was fair to brace for another deflating loss like we’ve often seen lately. But Oakland kept fighting and this time they did enough to push over the top to victory. Three straight hits tied the game, and a sac fly knocked home the walk-off run, finally the simple piece of contact they needed at the right moment.
More details coming. So, so many more, from starter Cole Irvin, to Sergio Romo and the bullpen, to the hitting of Frank Schwindel and Matt Chapman, to the better and worse of Tony Kemp and Sean Murphy, and also a beer snake. Keep hitting refresh!