Oakland A's Outlast Angels in 6.5-Hour, 19-Inning Marathon
Nineteen innings? No problem. The A's erased two deficits, including their second straight five-run hole, and Brandon Moss' two-run blast in the bottom of the 19th gave them a 10-8 victory.
The home run, which likely was seen by less than a few hundred loyal fans who stuck out the six-hour, 32-minute marathon, gave the win to Jerry Blevins, Oakland's eighth pitcher of the game.
The game lasted so long that it's easy to forget that Oakland trailed 7-2 in the eighth before scoring four runs to make it a one-run contest. Then in the ninth, a walk to Coco Crisp—who moved to third on a flyout and a steal—set the stage for Yoenis Cespedes.
Against Angels closer Ernesto Frieri, Cespedes launched a screaming liner to deep left center that just missed ending the game in regulation. It did tie the score at seven, however.
Three innings later, Chris Young hit a mammoth blast that appeared after reviews to hit the O.co sign next to the out-of-town scoreboard and would've been a home run. However, nothing definitive could be seen during the replay, and Young was ultimately stranded at third.
The Angels took the lead in the 15th inning, only for Adam Rosales to tie the score with a single off Jerome Williams in the bottom of the frame. Neither team seriously threatened to score until Moss hit the winning home run off the Angels' eighth pitcher of the night, Barry Enright.
So, 597 pitches. Six hours and 32 minutes. Sixteen total pitchers. Thirty-five combined strikeouts and 31 hits. An absolute bomb by Mark Trumbo, one of five total home runs (including two by both Moss and Albert Pujols). After 19 innings, the A's walk off for the third time this year.
The really good news for both teams is that Tuesday's game isn't a matinee.
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