Not all baseball seasons end like the one in the picture. Everyone’s been on the opposite side of that, right?
Then there are the season when you have that moment you realize you are just happy that you’re team didn’t get no-hit
I had that moment on Friday night (and have had them before) and it went kinda like this:
Texas Rangers’ pitcher Colby Lewis pitched a gem on Friday night at Globe Life Park in Arlington. He was pitching a perfect game in the eighth inning when Oakland Athletics’ third baseman Danny Valencia led off the eighth by taking an 0-1 slider from Lewis and driving it into left field for his 20th double of the season.
Sure, the A’s lost 4-0 but pitcher Jesse Chavez pitched well overall. He just did not pitch quite as well as Lewis. Chavez allowed three runs on six hits, while giving up one walk and striking out six batters in six innings pitched. Fernando Abad gave up the A’s only other run but the batter was an inherited one and the run was credited to Dan Otero who got one out while giving up one hit in the seventh. Abad allowed a hit and a walk but got out of the seventh relatively unscathed. Fernando Rodriguez pitched a perfect eighth for the A’s.
But it was Lewis’ day in Arlington as he ended the evening with a complete game shutout – the third of his career. He allowed two hits and no walks while amassing four strikeouts. As mentioned he was perfect through eight until Valencia’s double, something that I watched with a huge sigh of relief!
Lewis’ second hit was given up as the A’s tried to start a rally in the ninth inning. Catcher Josh Phegley hit a sharp single towards third base to lead off the ninth. Lewis, however, was easily able to retire Eric Sogard and Sam Fuld. Sogard lined out to left, Fuld to right. Then Mark Canha, who’s modest six-game hitting streak was broken Friday night, grounded out to shortstop Elvis Andrus. Andrus pitched the ball to second baseman Rougned Odor to get Phegley at second for the third and final out of the game.
Lewis pitched a gem no-doubt but in the end, at least in my eyes, the A’s actually prevailed when Valencia doubled (Phegley’s hit too).
After what has been a really rough season for the green and gold, something a simple as not getting no-hit can feel like a victory … if you’ve ever rooted for a losing team and 90% of us (those who don’t jump on each and every bandwagon cough SF Giants “fans” cough) all have at least for a couple seasons here and there, rooted for a team where winning games was a bit of a problem.
Interestingly, I think that Padres fans might have experienced the same moment Saturday against the San Francisco Giants. Bumgarner was perfect going into the ninth but pinch-hitter Melvin Upton Jr. singled up the middle to break up the perfect game. That had to feel like a miracle win – I mean it was Mevlin Upton Jr! No one thought that was happening, right? Wow.