Bullpen and doughnuts power A's to 12th walk-off win

July 31, 2012, 8:32 am
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OAKLAND -- It was a night that saw the Mayor of Oakland Jean Quan learning the Bernie in the right field bleachers, the A's bullpen performing "Call Me Maybe" and a guy that was 0-for-7 getting the game-winning RBI.Jemile Weeks stroked a fly ball just deep enough to score the game winning run and give the A's a 4-3 victory in 15 innings. It was the A's MLB-leading 12th walk-off win. They now have three walk-off wins in their last four home games, seven in the last 12, and nine in the last 17."It felt great. I kind of was beating myself up before because I've had some chances and not getting it done," Weeks said. "Stuff doesn't go your way, and you don't get it done, but another opportunity came, and it worked out." Brandon Inge, who hit an opposite field leadoff single to start the 15th, did everything in his power to insure Weeks' fly ball would end the game. "You try to get a good jump and at that point run like you stole something," Inge said with a chuckle. "15th inning, I don't care if I got thrown out by 15 feet, I'm taking a chance on that one." This game was so long that they did two Dot Races, a 7th and 14th inning stretch, and played "Call Me Maybe" twice. They even had to announce that the last BART train was leaving at 12:20 as the A's batted in the bottom of the 15th. The game ended up being five hours and nine minutes long. The A's had a chance to make it that deep into the game because of a herculean effort from the bullpen. They pitched eight shutout innings to give the offense numerous opportunities to walk-off with the win. "My goodness, they showed me up today," said starting pitcher A.J. Griffin, who went a career-high seven innings. "It was outstanding. They just went out there and threw strikes, it's all you can ask. They've been doing it all year."At one point the relievers had gone six hitless innings. That streak was snapped by Jerry Blevins, but he made up for it by throwing two and two-thirds scoreless innings and offering up some sugary sweets to keep the rest of the relievers full of energy. "We had a fan today that gave me a box of doughnuts because apparently I tweet about doughnuts a lot," Blevins said. "She gave me 13 doughnuts, so going into the 13th inning we were like we need a rally somehow, so everyone ate a doughnut. It worked." He showed me the box of doughnuts as proof. I can confirm major damage was done to the pastries. With the 15 inning win, the A's are now 19-4 this month, clinching the best July in franchise history. Oakland is now 8-2 in extra inning games. It wasn't all good though, as the A's struck out 21 times, which is the most in a single game in franchise history.

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