The Oakland Athletics managed to grind out victory against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday evening, as they scored in the bottom of the 11th innings to take the walk-off win.
Josh Donaldson was the hero for Oakland as he crushed a two-run home run in the seventh innings to tie the game. Donaldson then went on to hit the single into right field in the 11th innings to secure the victory.
The series was tightly contested from the beginning between the two teams who have been on superb form in the first half of the season, and hold the two best records in the American League. Boston will go in to the All-star break with 58 wins, a club record for this point in the season, Oakland will go in with 56 wins.
A point of interest in the game was Red Sox starting pitcher Brandon Workman. Workman was making his first career start in the majors and put in a stellar performance.
Workman had in fact been on course for a no-hitter as he headed into the seventh innings, but subsequently gave up two hits in the inning, one of which was Donaldson’s game-tying homer.
There was also an opportunity for Red Sox fans to get a look at new pitcher Matt Thornton as he was sent in for the 11th inning.
Thornton has said he is pleased to be staying in the American League after he was traded from the White Sox and that he wanted to help Boston in any way he could. Thornton however, wasn’t able to keep Oakland off the board and Donaldson was able to get the hit to win the game.
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