This will sound like a tired cliché, but it’s too bad one team had to lose: This was one great frickin’ baseball game. Who in their right mind predicted a 9-8 finish with Jon Lester and James Shields pitching?
One team has waited decades to return to the postseason, the other looked World Series-bound before stumbling and barely eking into the playoffs on the final day. Just how long in the making is this rematch? The teams last played in 1981.
The Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics are both small-market teams with big MLB Playoff aspirations.
Sonny Gray threw a 6-hitter to win for the first time in 5 September starts and the A’s beat the Rangers 4-0 Sunday to clinch the American League’s second wild card.
The A’s couldn’t take advantage of their first chance to clinch an AL wild-card spot on their own, allowing homers to rookie Jake Smolinski and Robinson Chirinos in a 5-4 win for the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.
Josh Reddick drove in 3 runs, Scott Kazmir won for the first time in 7 starts and the Oakland A’s moved close to their 3rd consecutive playoff appearance with a 6-2 victory over the Rangers on Friday night.
The A’s clubhouse is loaded with good guys. But today, there is only one official “Good Guy.”
The baseball writers named Sean Doolittle as the 2014 recipient of the Bill Rigney Good Guy Award. The award was created by the Chronicle’s John Shea and is given each year to a Giant and Athletic who is most accommodating with the media.
Jeff Samardzija pitched seven strong innings and received some rare run support to snap a four-start winless stretch, and the Oakland Athletics kept hold of the top AL wild-card spot by beating the AL West champion Los Angeles Angels 8-4 Monday night.
The A’s missed an opportunity to extend their lead in the AL wild-card race with a 3-0 loss to the Phillies on Saturday.
Coco Crisp had two hits and drove in a run, supporting another strong outing from Jon Lester, and the Oakland Athletics defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 on Friday night to regain the top spot in the chase for AL wild cards.