Angels fans hang around after win, wait for A's to lose before celebrating AL West title
The Angels were the first team to punch their postseason ticket, clinching a berth earlier this week. Heading into Wednesday's action, the Angels needed a win over the Mariners and an Athletics loss to clinch the AL West title and leave the Wild Card scraps for someone else.
Things started out well in Anaheim, but Jeff Samardzija was dealing for the A's in Oakland. Even after Mike Trout and Co. closed out a 5-0 win over the M's, Shark was serving up a shutout over the Rangers.
Got him swinging! Samardzija through eight scoreless. He has 10 strikeouts. #Shark- Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) September 18, 2014
Things took a dramatic turn, though, when the Rangers got a ninth-inning rally started off A's closer Sean Doolittle. After Elvis Andrus singled with one out in the ninth and came around to score on a Rougned Odor double, the A's and Rangers were tied at 1. Fans stuck around in Anaheim to scoreboard watch and cheer on the Rangers.
Doolittle intentionally walked Adrian Beltre to get to J.P. Arencibia and that didn't work out so well ...
The Rangers closed out a 6-1 comeback win ... then there was champagne in Anaheim.
FACT: The only thing better than September baseball is October baseball.