Just one day after the Oakland A's lost to the Baltimore Orioles after leaving the bases loaded in a four-run defeat, the A's came back to deliver the late-game heroics that we all know and love.
The A's got back to their winning ways and avoided a four-game sweep at home from the Orioles. It took the A's 10 innings to do it, but they salvaged the series.
Per tradition, whenever the A's win a game with a walk-off, the man who wins the game is pied in the face by outfielder Josh Reddick. The A's won the game when Coco Crisp dropped an intended sacrifice bunt to move Eric Sogard to third base with no outs.
The Orioles went for Sogard instead of Crisp and the ball went into the outfield. The Orioles made the same mistake on another sacrifice bunt in the previous at-bat. The difference is this error on Crisp's bunt allowed Sogard to get up after diving into third and run to home plate to finish the game.
After the game, Sogard got pied in the face by Reddick for earning the win, but I have a couple other "pies" to give out after this come-from-behind win.
Cespedes returned from the 15-day DL, and he wasted little time in bringing his power back to Oakland. Although he struck out on three pitches in his first at-bat, he still had a multi-hit game, including a two-run homer to left field in the bottom of the ninth to keep the A's alive.
Crisp was at his best throughout this 10-inning ballgame. Crisp had an RBI, two doubles and a walk, and it was his sacrifice bunt that was misplayed by Baltimore. So, technically, Crisp presented the opportunity for the winning run of the A's to score.
There could also be a case made to give Baltimore a pie for the way its defense crumbled in the 10th inning with back-to-back throwing errors to allow the A's to walk-off with this game.
It doesn't matter though. The A's got a much-needed win and must keep the momentum going as they now enter a three-game series with the Los Angeles Angels.