Oakland Athletics outfielder Chris Young might be having a nightmare inaugural season in green and gold, but he has feasted on his hometown Houston Astros. In two must win games for the Oakland A’s, Young blasted game winning walk off home runs to left field. A’s fans were ecstatic as Josh Reddick smashed pie on Young’s smiling face during the postgame interview. Sadly, this never happened because on Monday night Chris Young got a homerun that clearly hit off the foul pole, mistakenly called foul, by Oakland nemesis Angel Hernandez. Tonight, Young was once again robbed of a heroic trot around the diamond, but thankfully he was robbed by a remarkable leaping play by left fielder Robbie Grossman not a terrible umpire.
What makes matters worse, is that the A’s could be tied with the hated Texas Rangers in the AL West but now the A’s are two games behind. The A’s have cooled down significantly since the trade deadline, which has put the acquisition of Alberto Callaspo into question. Once again the A’s bats looked cold against the Astros terrible pitching staff. Dropping two games against the atrocious Astros is not a good sign of thing to come for the struggling A’s. Sometimes the long 162 game season is won or lost because of lucky or unlucky breaks (Josh Hamilton’s drop come to mind?). The A’s should have gone for the sweep but now they must hope they don’t get swept by the Astros tomorrow afternoon.