Late Night Sweats: Gausman Gem Khrushed in Extras
- Kevin Gausman threw 9.0 innings of 2-hit shutout ball.
- The Athletics went 27 outs between hits.
- The Orioles still lost 2-0 in the 12th inning.
So you looked at that Oakland-Baltimore line and thought Trevor Cahill doesn’t deserve a -150 price tag — even against the lowly Orioles. Fair.
Well, Cahill looked a lot better than you anticipated. He struck out 12 over six innings of shutout ball. (Yes, the Orioles are that bad.)
However, even with that Cahill performance, the Orioles were still in good shape through six, as Kevin Gausman was straight dealing.
In fact, the Orioles right-hander threw nine innings of two-hit shutout ball. That’s a complete game shutout win on most nights — but the Orioles offense hadn’t scored a run.
As a result, the game went to extra innings, despite the fact that the A’s only had two hits and none since the third inning.
Even with Gausman out of the game, Baltimore pitching continued to dominate in the 10th and 11th innings, as reliever Mychal Givens picked up right where Gausman left off. Oakland went down in order in both frames, striking out five times.
More of the same from the Baltimore offense, though. Despite having a base-runner in each inning, the O’s still couldn’t get on the board. They had another man on in the 12th, but he was caught stealing. Threat and inning over.
In comes Baltimore reliever Pedro Araujo to face the Oakland lineup in the bottom of the 12th. After shortstop Marcus Semien lined out, Jed Lowrie singled to center for the first A’s hit since there was one out in the third — that’s 27 outs in between hits.
With Lowrie on first, Khris “Khrush” Davis steps up.
Khris Davis launches a walk-off two-run home run to left, giving the Athletics a 2-0 victory over the Orioles in the bottom of the 12th (01:36)
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That baby’s gone. Khrushed. Leaned so hard on that 3-1 cookie. Goodbye and good night. The moneyline hurts, but not as much as the +1.5 must’ve. Shake it off, my friends.
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