It’s Dan Brown (@mercbrownie) with a guest post for John Hickey:
Delighted as Brandon Moss was by his 19th-inning walk-off homer in the wee hours Tuesday morning, he was no better than the sixth happiest creature from his own household.
Moss’ entire family – wife, sister, two kids and miniature pinscher named Luger – had been waiting in the car for more than 4 hours waiting … and waiting … for the dang game to end.
They’d come to pick Moss up from work figuring the game would be over at a reasonable hour. Instead, the A’s didn’t finish off the Los Angeles Angels until1:41 a.m.when Moss launched a two-run home run to cap a 10-8 victory. At 6 hours, 32 minutes it the longest game in Oakland history.
Even then, Moss’ crew had to wait a little longer: The hero had to stick around for traditional pie to the face, an act that Moss had to perform himself because the A’s regular pie-smacker, Josh Reddick, was too exhausted.
“My son loved the video of me pie-ing myself. He made me show it to him at least 18 times,’’ Moss said with a laugh Tuesday. “He doesn’t care about the home run. He just cared about the pie.”
Because they won, A’s players reported for work surprisingly in a surprisingly giddy – if caffeine-addled – mood. A’s pitchers threw 300 pitches in that Monday (and Tuesday) victory, the most in a game since pitch-count data began being tracked in 1988.
Evan Scribner, a right-handed reliever at Triple-A, was watching the game on TV and figured he’d get a call soon as those pitches mounted. He nodded off in the 17th inning and awoke up to an infomercial at4 a.m. When he finally checked his phone, he noticed a text from the big club: “Call us when you get up.”
It had been sent at 2:30 a.m. Scribner was recalled from Sacramento; starter Dan Straily was optioned to Triple-A.
The A’s needed Scribner for a bullpen so taxed by the end of Tuesday night’s marathon that reliever Jerry Blevins had to hit for himself in the 18th inning. It was his first trip to the plate since he was a minor leaguer in 2006.
Predictably, Blevins struck out … but at least he fouled off a pitch along the way. “I didn’t make a fool of myself,’’ he said, “so I guess that’s a miracle for me.”
This was the fourth time in Oakland history that the A’s played a game of at least 19 innings. They are 4-0 in those games.