The Oakland Athletics journey towards the top of the American League West is complete and they have pulled out to a 2.0 game lead already on the Texas Rangers. Thursday they continued their winning ways by extending their home winning streak to 11 games with a marathon win against the New York Yankees. Only the A’s would have the “green collar” character to end a game like this.
Everyone knows what level of legend Mariano Rivera is for the Yankees. Especially as far as the post season goes, he is the greatest closer to ever touch a baseball. The Yankees got into a little trouble in the 18th inning against the home streaking A’s on Thursday and called on Rivera. He gave up two broken bat hits, the second of which just plunked in front of the left fielder for the walk-off win. So what?
Well, it was Nate Freiman that got the walk-off hit. That means that instead of just winning the ballgame in a normal nine innings, the A’s got to a tie and then just went on to the 18th inning. I think that part was just for fun and drama. They then scored in the bottom of that last inning when a rookie dripped a blooper into the outfield off of a legendary closer. Just for added character the A’s run was charged to the guy Rivera replaced so in his farewell at O.Co Rivera gave up the winning hit without taking the loss. What class and entertainment these guys play with huh?