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From Cook's pitching to Coco's hitting, it was a team effort in the ninth
Raul Ibanez saved the Yankees on Oct. 10. They're quite lucky to have him on their bench.
But the A's can chalk their victory up to a collaborative, team effort.
Josh Reddick has been struggling the entire ALDS. He approached the plate in the ninth with no outs, and he got a hit (only his second of the series). Based on previous experience, fans likely were expecting him to strike out.
Josh Donaldson was up next. He too has struggled. The ninth inning of Game 4, down two games to one, is a fine time to snap out of a funk with a double.
Seth Smith followed the act, doubling as well and tying the game.
Then with two outs, Coco Crisp delivered the game-winning hit to right field. And that was the ball game.
It took a couple of guys breaking out of a slump at the right time, and a quality, "never say die" effort from half the lineup.
Not to mention, Ibanez hit his with one out; Crisp's came with two outs. The more drama, the better.