Brandon Workman, ladies and gentlemen! He was so close! He was so close; he had the no-hitter in the bag. Except for the fact that he had about a third of the game to go, and he just couldn’t hold onto it. And anytime you see a pitcher, especially someone who doesn’t get regular starting time, take a no-no bid deep and then lose it, it’s crushing. It’s always crushing. Six innings is a really long time to not allow any hits. But in the end, we just couldn’t hold on.
We first scored in the sixth. Ellsbury, Nava, and Pedroia hit back-to-back-to-back singles that resulted in one run. Carp led off the seventh with a double and scored on a single by Holt.
Meanwhile, Brandon Workman was six innings into a no-hitter bid. It was huge. His walk in the fourth was the only thing not making it a bid for a perfect game. He was solid gold for six full innings. It was amazing. When Buchholz pitched his no-no, he was a young kid new to the big show too. It was an amazing thing to watch. He faced the minimum through six and just plowed right through the A’s like they had never played a game of baseball before. They just couldn’t figure him out.
And then Coco Crisp, of all people, singled on the fifth pitch of the seventh. It was crushing. Taking a no-hitter bid into the seventh is really exceptional, but they say that no-hitter bids can be won or lost in the seventh. I guess the A’s had seen enough of Workman to figure him out, but it was a shame. He looked like he had their number the entire time; there was no situation in which he was not in complete control of the ballgame. And then one single changed that completely.
One out later, he gave up a two-run home run that tied the game, and Breslow came in. Neither team scored in the eighth, or the ninth or tenth, which Uehara pitched. We had the bases loaded in the eleventh with two out thanks to two walks and a hit batsman, but Holt struck out looking.
Matt Thornton came in for the bottom of the eleventh, and he didn’t do a bad job. It’s just that the eleventh inning with a tie game is not exactly the greatest time to make a mistake. And make a mistake he did. He issued a walk, and two outs later, he issued another walk, and then two pitches later, he gave up an RBI single.
So the final score was 3-2. We put up a good fight, but I just can’t believe we had the bases loaded the very inning in which we lost the game and did nothing with that opportunity.