Bizarre ending spoils A’s late comeback in loss to Astros

HOUSTON — It was all setting up perfectly for the A’s. They had just completed another late-inning comeback to take the lead in extra innings, giving way to their automatic All-Star closer. It was similar to the movie we’ve seen plenty of times this season. But this one had a twist ending.

Blake Treinen’s streak of 20 consecutive save opportunities converted was snapped, and a brutal mistake by Jonathan Lucroy turned an amazing comeback into one of the most bizarre finishes possible in Tuesday’s 6-5 extra-inning loss to the Astros.

Having already allowed the game-tying run in the 11th inning after a throw home by Marcus Semien bounced off Lucroy’s glove while trying to tag out Josh Reddick at the plate, the catcher then made a grave mistake.

What looked like a basic tapper in front of home plate by Alex Bregman turned wild when Lucroy picked up the ball and attempted to tag out Bregman, who was shifting back and forth to avoid the tag, and dropped the ball. He then picked the ball up and hit Bregman on the helmet, with the ball sailing past first baseman Mark Canha. Kyle Tucker came in to score. Game over.

Asked if he’d ever seen such a finish to end a game, A’s manager Bob Melvin responded, “Probably not like that.”

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Lucroy took full responsibility for both runs scoring in the 11th.

“In the moment it happened fast. I screwed it all up,” Lucroy said. “I let them down defensively behind the plate there. That’s on me.

“The problem is I tried to go tag him and the ball came out of my hand. After it got away, I tried to get behind him in foul territory where I …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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