Bart-woman to the rescue.
A fan — wearing A’s gear — in Oakland pulled a Steve Bartman on Tuesday night, reaching her glove over a wall in foul territory in right field and preventing A’s outfielder Stephen Piscotty from catching the fly ball.
And that opened the floodgates.
Piscotty thought he had Andrelton Simmons’ fly ball lined up in the sixth inning until the glove got in the way. Simmons hit a two-run single moments later, Kaleb Cowart launched a go-ahead grand slam and the Los Angeles Angels scored six times in the sixth to rally past the A’s, 9-7, in Oakland.
That dropped the A’s to 2½ behind the Yankees for the top wild card, with the winner getting home-field advantage, after the Yankees held off the Red Sox. The red-hot Rays are closing in, too, trailing Oakland by 5½ games.
A Yankees savior was an A’s nightmare. Oakland challenged that the fan interfered with Piscotty making the play, but the call was upheld with no interference charged.
“I don’t know how you don’t. He’s going to catch it,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “I’m not sure what they saw that we didn’t see. I asked Stephen and he said he’d have caught it. Maybe the placement of the runners, maybe they don’t know where they’re going with that, I don’t know. It’s an out. You want to get every out you possibly can. We felt like it was catchable.”
As did Piscotty.
“It’s a tough play going into the wall, but I felt like I was there in enough time. Definitely changes how that inning goes, but nothing we can do about it now,” Piscotty said. “I never understand when they’re going to overturn stuff. I had a feeling they wouldn’t.”
— With AP
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