Game 9 thoughts

By Jason Wojciechowski on April 14, 2015 at 9:19 PM

A's 4, Astros 0
WP: Kendall Graveman (5 1/3 IP, 9 H+BB+HBP, 0 R, 3 K)
HR: Who needs 'em
Record: 5-4
Standings: First in AL West, 1 game ahead of Texas; would face winner of Tampa Bay vs. Detroit in ALDS

  • Sam Fuld's leadoff double was fantastic, a little flip of the bat and a wild amount of luck got a bloopy bouncer on the left field line. Plus, it gave him a chance to stand next to Jose Altuve, which is like the opposite of those Freiman-Altuve photos we all love so much.

  • How many full-time, power-hitting third basemen would easily turn a 1-6-3 double play into a fielder's choice the way Brett Lawrie did in the second inning? It came to nothing, except in its butterfly effects, but it's impressive to watch him go dashing around the field the way he does anyway. And anyway, it almost came to something because of Josh Reddick's horrifically ugly swinging bunt to beat the shift.

  • Guess who fell asleep in the eighth inning of this one?

    How'd you guess? Did you steal the answer key again?