Just another reason why Bud Selig is probably the worst commissioner in major-league history: refusal to use instant replay on scoring plays at home plate.
(Let’s remember, though, that Lew Wolff thinks Selig is the best commissioner in baseball history — which continues to show how messed up the Oakland Athletics franchise remains, of course.)
Evidently, home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman wanted to go sleep in his hotel room in the bottom of the 16th inning, because Kurt Suzuki clearly made the tag on pinch-runner Cord Phelps — but Dreckman called the Cleveland runner safe at the plate, and the A’s lost, 4-3.
David DeJesus made a high throw from right field with one out to try and get Phelps at the plate, forcing Suzuki to make a great leap and stretch to make the tag before Phelps touched the plate.
But Dreckman somehow missed the call, and everyone went home — Oakland losers for the fifth straight game as Cleveland took their third in a row from the A’s.
The blown call wasted a nice effort from Oakland bullpen, which retired 24 straight batters at one point. Josh Outman took the loss in relief, and the A’s offense once again was petty pathetic — 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position, including Ryan Sweeney’s terrible at-bat in the 12th inning.
With the bases loaded and one out, Sweeney once again proved why he’s one of the worst-hitting outfielders in baseball by striking out with a chance to put his team ahead.
So it was a game where the pitching gave the offense every chance to win, and the offense failed — and eventually, the game was just taken away from the A’s in the end by forces somewhat beyond their control.
(Of course, they have no one to blame but themselves in the end — and their clueless owner for his support of a terrible commissioner.)
After the game, Oakland also announced Conor Jackson was traded to the Boston Red Sox for pitcher Jason Rice. Jackson lost a lot of his playing time recently to Brandon Allen and was clearly expendable.