The A’s have scored five runs in the top of the eighth inning, the last three on Kevin Kouzmanoff’s bases-loaded double, to take a 7-5 lead and ruin a sensational outing for Brad Bergesen.
Bergesen will get a no-decision. The Orioles won’t be that lucky.
Manager Dave Trembley pulled Bergesen after the first two batters singled. Jason Berken retired Rajai Davis on the fly ball, and Trembley went to Mark Hendrickson with two left-handers coming up.
Hendrickson retired the first one, but Ryan Sweeney singled to drive in a run. Then it really got weird. Kurt Suzuki reached on an infield hit when Hendrickson deflected a sharp grounder up the middle, and pinch-hitter Jake Fox’s grounder took a bad hop and struck Cesar Izturis in the chest.
Another infield hit, another run scores.
Cla Meredith, who didn’t start warming until a few batters into Hendrickson’s outing, served up the bases-loaded double.
As if the Orioles can handle another kick in the groin. This one will really hurt.