Pratt's Instant Replay: A's win longest game in Oakland history

Pratt's Instant Replay: A's win longest game in Oakland history
April 29, 2013, 10:15 pm
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Brandon Moss hit a solo home run in the sixth inning, and the game-winning two-run shot in the 19th. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

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OAKLAND -- To say this was a weird night at the Oakland Coliseum, would be a vast understatement. The A's and Angels battled into the wee hours in the longest game in Oakland Athletics history. The game started on Monday and ended on Tuesday. Brett Anderson, who was scratched from this start, ended up throwing 5 1/3 innings anyways.

The A's lost the lead and then tied it up in the 15th inning, and it was finally decided in the 19th inning when Brandon Moss hit a walk-off two-run home run. It was a six-hour, 32-minute game.

It was a game that had two dot races, a 7th and 14th inning stretch, and it lasted past the final BART train's departure. It was a night that saw not one, but three different center fielders leave the game with leg injuries. It was the longest game by time in Oakland Coliseum history.

The A's extended their winning streak against the American League West to 12 games.

It was pretty obvious it would be a weird day when A's fans dubbed Monday's game "Josh Hamilton Appreciation Night" in honor of the ball that Hamilton dropped in the 162nd game of the 2012 season, leading to the A's eventually defeating the Rangers and winning the American League West.

Hamilton went 0 for 8.

At the Plate

The A's had a scoring opportunity taken away from them in the first inning. With the A's fans in right field sarcastically chanting "Hamilton, Hamilton," the Angels right fielder made an outstanding diving catch to rob Yoenis Cespedes of a run-scoring hit.

The A's would score in the fourth inning after Josh Donaldson, the reigning American League Player of the Week, hit an infield single, stole second base, and scored on a single by John Jaso. The ball Jaso hit was badly misplayed by Angels' second baseman Howie Kendrick, but it was ruled a single.

Brandon Moss crushed an opposite field home run to bring the A's within four runs. It was his third home run this season. That was the only run that Tommy Hanson allowed.

Down 7-2, the A's rallied in the eighth inning against the Angels bullpen. Coco Crisp, Seth Smith, and Jed Lowrie all reached on consecutive singles against Michael Roth. Mike Scioscia summoned Dane De La Rosa, who walked Cespedes on four pitches to load the bases. After Moss grounded into a force out at home, Donaldson stayed hot and drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single to cut the Angels' lead to just two runs.

Scioscia switched pitchers again, summoning the left-handed Scott Downs. A's manager Bob Melvin countered by pinch-hitting Chris Young for Josh Reddick. Young stroked an RBI single up the middle to bring the A's within one run.

Scioscia responded by switching pitchers, yet again. He summoned righty Ernesto Frieri. He got Adam Rosales to fly out to left field to end the inning.

Frieri remained in the game to face the A's in the ninth inning. Crisp drew a leadoff walk. After a Seth Smith fly ball to right field, Crisp tagged up and took second base barely beating the throw from Hamilton. Crisp ended up stealing third base easily. He scored when Cespedes smashed a ball into the gap. The Cuban-born slugger thought he won the game with a home run, but the ball hit the wall, and he didn't make it any further than first base because he spent so much time admiring his shot. Moss struck out to end the inning.

Cespedes is 4 for 7 with three RBI in the ninth inning this season.

The A's barely missed walking off with the win in the bottom of the 10th inning. Donaldson hit one deep to right field but it fell just shy. Young hit a ball off the left field wall for a triple. The umpires reviewed the play, and ruled that it stayed in the ballpark.

Crisp left the game with a strained left hamstring in the bottom of the 13th. The injury occurred when he tried to beat out a throw to first. The same thing happened to Young in the 15th inning, but he strained his left quad. Angels outfielder Peter Bourjos also left the game with a hamstring injury earlier.

The A's didn't score in the 10th through 14th innings. Down a run in the 15th inning, Donaldson reached on an error. Derek Norris walked, and Rosales drove in the tying run with two outs to send the game into the 16th.

Moss hit the walk-off shot in the 19th inning, his second homer of the night.

Starting Pitching Report

Dan Straily was recalled for a spot start, which was supposed to allow Anderson to skip a turn and rest his ankle. Straily allowed six runs in 4 2/3 innings. He gave up a home run to Albert Pujols in the first inning, and a massive home run to Mark Trumbo in the second inning that cleared the left field bleachers and landed in the concourse.

After the A's scored a run in the fourth inning, the Angels answered with four runs in the fifth. Straily allowed four hits and hit a batter. As part of the Angels rally, Straily faced Pujols with the bases loaded and threw a low and away slider that the veteran hitter somehow managed to reach out and pop just over the head of Lowrie. Hamilton followed with a sacrifice fly, and Trumbo hit a two-run double.

Straily still managed to strike out six batters. With the fans chanting, "thank you, Josh," Straily struck out Hamilton in the first inning. That all occurred yesterday.

Bullpen Report

Pat Neshek entered the game in relief of Straily and struck out Kendrick to end the four-run fifth inning. He remained in the game and pitched a scoreless sixth inning. Neshek pitched the seventh inning as well, but allowed a solo home run to Pujols, snapping his streak of seven consecutive outings without allowing a run.

Chris Resop pitched a scoreless eighth inning. He remained in for the ninth inning and got the first two outs, before putting runners on the corners. He has appeared in 14 games for the A's this season.

Sean Doolittle entered in relief of Resop and struck out Hamilton swinging to end the threat and get a big shutdown inning for the A's. Grant Balfour threw two scoreless innings.

Anderson was originally scheduled to start the game, but his spot in the rotation was skipped. A sore ankle couldn't stop Oakland's ace. He took the mound in the 13th inning and threw two perfect frames before allowing a bases loaded walk in the 15th inning. The A's tied it up in the bottom half of the inning, and Anderson responded with two more scoreless frames. He left the game in the 18th inning with one out after tweaking his sprained right ankle.

Jerry Blevins took the mound in relief of Anderson and finished the 18th inning. He then led off the bottom half of the inning to fans chanting his name and struck out. Blevins got the win.

In the Field

Reddick threw out Howie Kendrick after he tried to stretch a single into a double. Kendrick over-slid the bag when he had to dive and Lowrie stayed with the play and made the tag.

Lowrie committed an error in the fourth inning on a routine ground ball. He has five errors this season.

Donaldson made a slick leaping grab on a line drive to rob Kendrick of extra bases in the eighth.

Attendance

The A's announced an attendance of 11,688.

Dot Race

White won the dot race. They had a second dot race… This time Gold won.

Up Next

Jarrod Parker will look to bounce back with a good start against the Angels. He is 0-4 with a 8.10 ERA this season.

The Angels will turn to Garrett Richards. He is 1-1 with a 3.65 ERA.

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