A's Vault: Moss walks it off in 19th inning

June 16th, 2021

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April 29, 2013: Moss ends 19-inning marathon in dramatic fashion
Trailing the Angels, 7-2, in the middle of the eighth inning, the A's stormed back late to tie the game in the ninth on Yoenis Céspedes' two-out single. Then came the war of attrition. In a game that saw the A's and Angels combine to use 16 pitchers and throw nearly 600 pitches, it was pitch No. 598 that ended it, when Brandon Moss blasted an 83 mph changeup from Barry Enright into the Coliseum's right-field bleachers for a walk-off two-run blast in the 19th inning. The six-hour, 32-minute contest -- the longest game in A's history -- left both clubs drained. Moss, who sat in the A's' clubhouse around 2 a.m. PT for a postgame interview, could barely muster the energy to form a complete sentence by that point. "That was a crazy game," Moss said. "And I'm glad it's over."

June 29, 2003: Byrnes hits for the cycle
Eric Byrnes grew up a diehard Giants fan who frequented games at Candlestick Park as a kid. But ever since he was drafted by the cross-bay rival A's in 1998, it seemed as if his mission was to torment the team that he once loved. Never did he do that more than when he went into Oracle Park (then known as Pac Bell Park) and hit for the cycle, becoming the 16th player in A's history and fifth in the Oakland era to do so. Byrnes saved the toughest leg of the cycle for last in a 5-2 win. He went single, double, home run in his first three at-bats. After another double in the seventh inning, Byrnes had one last chance in the ninth and blooped a shallow liner into center field that bounced past Giants outfielder Carlos Valderrama, allowing Byrnes to easily race over to third base for the history-making hit.

Oct. 15, 1972: Rudi's amazing catch saves A's in 1972 World Series Game 2
After scoring an upset win over the Big Red Machine in Game 1, the A's were mere outs away from taking a commanding lead in the 1972 World Series. But ace Catfish Hunter was tiring in the ninth, and the Reds seemed primed to take a chunk out of Oakland's 2-0 lead when Tony Perez led off with a single and Denis Menke drove a long fly ball to the left-field wall.

Luckily for Hunter, Menke's ball died toward the end of its trajectory, and outfielder Joe Rudi was there to make a lunging catch against the wall. The Reds eventually pushed one run across against Hunter, but Rudi's catch saved a second one as the A's scored a huge Game 2 victory en route to their first of three straight World Series championships.

Sept. 2, 1996: Herrera dives head-first, breaks up Yanks' no-no
The Yankees had everything lined up (a brilliant seven-inning start by David Cone, closer Mariano Rivera on the mound and a ball hit in the hole to Derek Jeter) for a combined no-hitter bid at Oakland Coliseum, but Jose Herrera gave every ounce of effort in his body to make sure that didn't happen. With the Yanks two outs away from history, Herrera raced down the line and slid headfirst into first base to beat Jeter's throw for an infield single, giving A's fans something to cheer about in a 5-0 New York win. 

In fact, Herrera really spoiled a storyline, as this was Cone's first start back after having an aneurysm removed from his pitching arm four months prior.

May 18, 2015: Fuld goes extra mile, climbs Tal's Hill for catch
The old Tal's Hill feature at Minute Maid Park could make life miserable for center fielders, but it could also make them heroes if they were able to conquer it. Sam Fuld became the latter when he scaled the slope and sno-coned George Springer's blast just before smacking into the wall, getting a big eighth-inning out for the A's in a 2-1 win over the Astros. It would have been a game-tying homer for Springer in just about any other ballpark, but on the other hand, Fuld had to go the extra mile to see the ball into his glove.

Aug. 24, 1988: Canseco goes upper deck at Yankee Stadium
Jose Canseco made baseball look pretty easy on his way to the first 40-40 season in MLB history, swiping bases and walloping massive homers like this one. Canseco casually flicked this pitch from Yankees righty Scott Nielsen up to the facing of the third deck in left field at old Yankee Stadium, drawing an audible gasp from the Bronx faithful. Canseco would go on to crush a very similar homer to nearly the same spot 12 years later as a member of the Yanks.

July 5, 1993: Rickey leads off both DH games with homers
MLB's undisputed greatest leadoff hitter, Rickey Henderson, naturally owns the most leadoff homers of any player in history with 81. Two of those kickstarters came on the same day, as Henderson had Cleveland seeing double when he led off the first leg of a doubleheader with a homer to left off Paul Abbott, and then went deep to left again off Mark Clark to begin Game 2.

Henderson became just the second player in MLB history to lead off both legs of a doubleheader with a home run, following Red Sox slugger Harry Hooper way back in 1913. Brady Anderson (1999) and Ronald Acuña Jr. (2018) have joined that club since.

Sept. 29, 2001: Miggy's slam finishes off cycle
The 2001 Mariners tied a Major League record with 116 regular-season wins, but no team played them tougher that year than the A's, who won 102 games of their own. Oakland won nine of its 19 matchups against Seattle, with one of them coming via a massive night from shortstop Miguel Tejada.

Tejada, who would capture the AL MVP Award the following year, clubbed a standup triple to start this game, followed by a single and a double. Then he capped off a cycle with a grand slam in the seventh, making him just the seventh player to belt a slam and record a cycle in the same game (Jason Kubel and Bengie Molina have also achieved that feat since).

Oct. 18, 1972: Fingers fakes intentional BB, K's Bench in World Series
Facing Johnny Bench and the Big Red Machine meant pulling out all the stops, and A's relief ace Rollie Fingers and manager Dick Williams did just that in Game 3 of the 1972 World Series. Cincinnati's Bobby Tolan stole second after Fingers came on in relief of Vida Blue in a 1-0 ballgame, and so with first base open, Williams jogged to the mound and appeared to instruct Fingers to walk the mighty Bench.

Except those weren't Williams' actual instructions; instead he, Fingers and catcher Gene Tenace set up a fake intentional walk. Tenace stood up with his arm out to motion for a free pass, then jumped back in to receive a gorgeous slider on the outside corner from Fingers to catch Bench off guard.

“When I see Johnny Bench, I never mention it," Fingers said in 2011, "but he usually brings it up and says, ‘That was the most embarrassing moment of my life.’"

Oct. 9, 1990: MC Hammer returns for ALCS against Boston
Few have repped the city of Oakland like rapper and entrepreneur MC Hammer, and many A's fans can tell you that Hammer has a deep-standing connection to the city's baseball team -- first as a batboy and clubhouse assistant before owner Charlie Finley later bestowed him a vice president title. Legend goes that his MC name came from A's players that thought he resembled a young "Hammerin' Hank" Aaron.

Here, Hammer -- fresh off the smash release his career-defining single "U Can't Touch This" -- returns to the Coliseum to throw the ceremonial first pitch before Game 3 of the 1990 ALCS. While this clip doesn't show where Hammer's pitch wound up, his windup isn't half bad!

Sept. 29, 2012: Donaldson, Moss key wild A's comeback
The 2012 season ranks among the most memorable in recent A's history thanks to moments like this one. Oakland had fallen five games back of the Rangers in the American League West standings with only nine games left to play, but it then won two of three against Texas to set up a huge series against the Mariners. The A's won the first two contests, and then earned the sweep thanks to a ninth-inning, game-tying two-run homer by Josh Donaldson and a walk-off, three-run blast by Brandon Moss in the 10th.

The A's 14th walk-off win of 2012 kept them mathematically alive heading into the final series against the Rangers, which they swept to earn a most unlikely division crown.