Dan Straily stood up, looked at the questioner and asked, “did I pitch in this game?’’
That’s the kind of night it was for the A’s. Straily, called up from Triple-A because Brett Anderson’s sprained right ankle was keeping him from pitching, started and went the first 4.2 innings of a 19-inning game that lasted a club-record six hours, 32 minutes.
“I feel like I watched the entire game on TV,’’ Straily said. “It was a great one to watch.’’
Straily, who has made two starts for Oakland this year, figures to bounce between the big league club and Triple-A Sacramento some this year. Because the A’s are short of pitching after these 19 innings, he might get sent down as early as today.
He does, however, have the utmost respect for his Oakland teammates.
“Look at the heroes we had here tonight,’’ he said. “Brett was hurt, and he’s out there pitching, and pitching good. Every guy who was on the field played a big part in this one after I put us in a big hole.’’
Straily won’t spend too much time worrying about what comes next.
“I’m going to go to the hotel, go to bed and come back here tomorrow ready to work,’’ he said.
Straily said the last night game he pitched in Oakland went 15 innings. And he pitched one game last year that went 18 innings.
“I guess I like to start games that go double in length,’’ he said.
–Jerry Blevins struck out in his one at-bat Tuesday morning, going down on strikes to lead off the 17th inning.
It was a cool moment because he swung at the second strike and made contact against Angels’ reliever Barry Enright.
“I had one at-bat in 2006,’’ Blevins said. “Before that, my last at-bat was in high school. And I got a piece of the ball. I’m happy about that.’’
Blevins brought a take-no-prisoners approach to the game. He even brought his outfielder’s glove out to the bench midgame in case injuries to Coco Crisp and Chris Young meant an extra outfielder would be needed.
There were no extra outfielders left, just pitchers.
“I enjoy every aspect of the game,’’ Blevins said. “I shag in the outfield and I pretend I’m a real athlete.’’