And there goes the lead, as Luke French played with fire all night and finally got burned in the sixth as the A’s scored twice to go ahead 4-3. French almost got out of it, too, with reliever Jamie Wright replacing him with two on and one out.
Wright walked the bases full after that, but then got a double-play grounder by the speedy Cliff Pennington. Josh Wilson took the flip to second for one out, but then a hard takeout slide by runner Steve Tolleson caused the shortstop to drop the ball.
The tying run scored from third on the play. Coco Crisp, who has wrecked the M’s this series, then singled through the right side to give Oakland the lead.
Oh yeah, Gio Gonzalez was pitching like a Geo Prism early on. Now, he’s looking like a Caddy — not the golf version either.
8:01 p.m.: Oakland cut the lead to 3-2 in the third inning, with Coco Crisp lining a two-run rocket shot into the left field seats off Luke French. It was almost worth it to see the M’s give up the homer just to watch the A’s fan in the bleachers go for the ball. Yes, I said fan, not fans. There was only one guy anywhere near the ball as it came screaming into an outdoor picnic area called the BBQ Terrace.
The fan appeared to dive off a picnic table for the ball, missed it (it was a screamer) and did a full-out belly flop into the concrete.
Quite hilarious. Almost as much fun to watch as the super-cheesy between-innings interviews on the giant video board here. An in-stadium “hostess/interviewer” asks all types of questions of the three fans in attendance. It’s so bad, it’s actually funny.
7:33 p.m.: Seattle has the long ball working tonight and has taken a 3-0 lead as we head to the bottom of the second.
Matt Tuiasosopo homered in the second inning off A’s starter Gio Gonzalez, a blast over the wall in left center. Gonzalez was cursing the moment Tui’s shot left his bat.
The prior inning, with Chone Figgins on after a single, Russell Branyan connected for his 24th home run of the season — a towering shot that cleared the center field fence by a vast distance. Franklin Gutierrez? Who needs him, right? Right…
By the way, it was 62 degrees at game time. That’s a far cry from the 103 on the humidex in Baltimore only three weeks ago.
7:04 p.m.: Seattle is winless its last five series since leaving Baltimore back on Aug. 18, but can snap that streak tonight behind the arm of Luke French. Yeah, that sounds a bit funny, but French has actually gone at least seven innings in three of his last four starts. So, he’s getting deep and not exactly facing the 1927 Yankees, or even the 2010 Yankees tonight.
Jose Lopez bats clean-up tonight with Franklin Gutierrez out.