Vogt’s bomb caps wild 8-run, 5-pitcher, 33-minute inning

Giants claimed 3rd installment in Bay Bridge Series, 10-5

Karl Buscheck
August 24, 2019 - 10:35 pm

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Moments after Mark Canha flipped his fluorescent green bat into the night sky — as his 20th home run went sailing into the left-field bleachers — a random second-inning moment in the press box synopsized what should have been the zeitgeist of the evening.

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“Things to do in Cancun,” that’s the phrase that one Giants’ beat reporter, sure that the tail-spinning club was careening toward a fifth consecutive loss, was searching on his (or her) MacBook.

An inning later, a TV camera caught Madison Bumgarner telling the home plate umpire, Greg Gibson, to “shut the f--- up” amid a burgeoning rally. 

Two clubs headed in two different directions. At least, that was supposed to be the script, as 53,367 fans filled the Coliseum.

Instead, Bumgarner, who needed 63 pitches to escape the third, would hold the score to 2-0 in favor of the hosts. Later, once MAD-BUM, as his all black Players' Weekend jersey read, had left, the A's would push the lead to 4-2. Six outs to go. A win seemed the likely outcome.

But for the A’s, who entered the day winners of six of the last seven — against the Astros and Yankees, no less, the lodestars of the American League — a promising night went sideways.

It was old friend Stephen Vogt who punctuated the wacky — and decisive — top of the eighth. It was an eight-run inning that saw manager Bob Melvin churn through five relievers and which lasted 33 minutes and seven seconds.

The Giants got a supremely unsual win. The A's got another unwelcome reminder of just how problematic that bullpen can be.

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