Joe Maddon has been criticized for not standing up for his players lately. So today he got himself thrown out for arguing about checked swings. (Maybe went over his F-Bomb limit too.) Don’t know if that makes things better. He left with the team winning and soon after his tossing, it was tied.
Dylan Bundy didn’t have his best stuff, allowing 7 hits. But it was still good. 4 runs, only 2 earned, with Mike Mayers allowing an inherited runner to score. (Although Fletcher should have gotten to the ball, miscommunication between him and Simba). Bundy did have 6 strikeouts and only 1 walk so his K to walk ratio continues to be excellent.
Felix Peña pitched a solid 1-2-3 7th. Up next was Hansel Robles in the 8th. Another 1-2-3 inning. The Bullpen was doing a good job. Noé Ramirez took the 9th, with the game tied at 4-4. After 2 easy outs he walked a man an Ty Buttrey was brought in. Ramirez was given the game ball for some reason and he threw it away. It is cursed anyway. And he promptly hit a batter on a 3-2 pitch. He got out of it anyway.
Shohei Ohtani looks to be fixing his timing with an opposite field bomb that was over 111 MPH! He also got a single. Tommy La Stella, Simba, and Anthony Rendon also had multiple hits today. Brian Goodwin had an RBI single as well for the scoring.
Sir, that is not a microphone. pic.twitter.com/iXhTJUEhwh— Crashing the Pearly Gates (@CrashingtheG) August 23, 2020
Going into the 9th tied makes anyone uneasy. What do we even want anyway? To squeak this by? To allow the A’s to walk off so that the team can tank for a draft pick? A 5-5 series split vs the A’s or for 20 losses before 10 wins?
Well today we got
Bullshit Extras Baseball. 10th inning nonsense. Jo Adell starting on 2B with Jason Castro up. Ump blew a pitch right down the middle. Angels failed to score though per usual.
Ty Buttrey went out for the 10th. He had a biter on his finger but stayed in. Maybe he shouldn’t. A hit and a sac fly later, and that’s a win for the A’s.
9-20 the first 29 games of the season. No more games vs Oakland. Next up is flying to Houston. The tank is on.
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