You might not agree with our naming of what the Oakland Athletics did on Saturday when they collapsed in extra innings and ended up losing 7-2 to the visiting Baltimore Orioles to drop their fourth series in a row. It is what they did, though.
Everything was looking good. People attending the game, a groundbreaking 18,000+ souls inside the Oakland Coliseum, were pleased knowing they had paid for nine innings of baseball only for them to actually "enjoy" 10 of them!
Not so fast, fancy pants.
First of all, it was "Star Wars Drone Show" night in Oakland, a staged thing when fireworks and other flashy things popped up in the sky above the Coli so that's the main reason hidden behind that record-break attendance in a non-Boycott game.
Then, there was Aledmys Diaz keeping the A's afloat or, better said, putting them ahead blasting one ball past the fences of the Coli in the second frame, then adding a second dinger that went off Shintaro Fujinami's hand and into the (small-but-reasonable) crowd.
That was a bittersweet moment.
Thinking about Fujinami's trade keep sending us crying to sleep nightly because it was so sudden and unreasonable.
Diaz (or whoever A's player, honestly) hitting homers was great to watch, let alone in a game Oakland trailed 2-1 and came back to tie and drag into extra innings.
A large battery of pitchers went relatively unscathed on Saturday as they navigated the game decked on A's threads, starting with Ken Waldichuk (5.2 innings, four hits, and two runs allowed) and finishing with Trevor May.
Finishing with Trevor May, I wrote, because the minute Adrian Martined entered the game to pitch in the 10th frame things went south and ten feet underground.
Martinez allowed five (five!) runs on two (two!) hits. He walked one Oriole, he stroke out none, he got tagged, win did he not.
Jacob Webb did the total opposite for Baltimore, pitching the bottom of the 10th straight into a victory for the leading Orioles on the first day of the weekend to get them the second win of this series.
The final matchup between these two in the year 2023 of our lord is scheduled for Sunday. Can't go worse than Saturday's tilt, so feel free to tune in!