The final out was in his glove and all he had to do was throw the ball to first base. As usual, he started running toward first base and was going to toss it underhand. Problem was, the runner was Ichiro Suzuki.
"As hard as he hit it, I honestly felt I had plenty of time -- even with Ichiro running," Huston Street said. "It wasn't like I forgot he was running. He got down the line a lot faster than I anticipated."
Suzuki is so fast, Street rushed himself and threw a long underhand toss that sailed high. First baseman Nick Swisher leaped to catch the
ball, and replays showed he touched the base first, but Suzuki was ruled safe.
That prolonged the game by one more out, closing the A's lead that was once 6-0 to 6-4, but Street retired Jose Lopez on a grounder to short to end the game.
"We needed all the runs we got," A's manager Ken Macha said. "Who knows, if they get a hit in the eighth, Huston comes in with more comfort. It wasn't very comfortable sitting on the bench for the last out."
In retrospect, Street said he would set his feet and throw to first base. He absorbed plenty of abuse from his fellow relievers, but he was
quick to tell them, "Didn't we win the game?"
REPLAY: Eric Chavez's two-run home run in the seventh inning Sunday didn't seem like a big deal at the time. It stretched the A's lead from
4-0 to 6-0. But it proved the difference after the Mariners rallied for four late runs.
Rich Harden retired 14 straight batters to begin the game and 20 of 21. He left in the eighth after issuing his first walk and third hit,
and a run came around to score. He struck out eight.
--Manager Ken Macha recently viewed a program on Babe Ruth, where Macha learned it was Ruth's lifelong dream to manage. Macha achieved one
of his dreams by managing in the majors. He was reminded of another goal -- playing at Augusta National -- while diligently watching The Masters over the weekend.
--2B Mark Ellis, who was hit in the wrist Friday and didn't play Saturday to keep the hot Marco Scutaro in the lineup, had a wrap on the wrist before Sunday's game but said it was fine. Ellis then played and had three hits and was hit by a pitch with the first pitch of the game.
--SS Bobby Crosby will continue swinging with his left index finger off the bat until it heals completely, but he said the injury doesn't affect his swing. He singled and scored on Chavez's two-out homer in the seventh.
--C Jason Kendall presided over a 27-inning scoreless streak over the weekend. When Joe Blanton pitched eight shutout innings Friday, he
didn't shake off Kendall once, and Barry Zito only did it a couple of times Saturday.
--RF Milton Bradley had six walks after five games, prompting manager Ken Macha to say, "He lays off a lot of close pitches." Since then,
Bradley struck out looking four times.
--OF Bobby Kielty is eligible to be recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Wednesday, but it's not a guarantee that will happen. It will depend on the state of the A's bullpen. Brad Halsey, who has Kielty's spot on the roster, has already had two relief appearances despite none of the games being rained out.