The Baseball Gods -- they won’t let you down. They definitely didn’t let Ramón Laureano down on Wednesday.
In the bottom of the 10th inning, the Athletics beat the Twins 13-12 in walk-off fashion -- and it was all because of a throwing error. A Laureano groundball to Minnesota third baseman Luis Arraez turned into an overthrow, and this:
Yeah, it was bizarre.
Two runs scored on the wild play, but Laureano was worried at the beginning. He was anticipating a routine play to end it all.
“S--t, I just f--ked up,” Laureano said on what was going through his mind prior to Arraez’s overthrow. “It just -- Baseball Gods -- that’s what happened. That’s why I knew we were going to win. But ‘I f--ked up.’ ”
At the end of the day, Laureano didn't mess up, and said he could sense the A’s would walk away with a W. Literally sense it.
“I smelled that we were going to win,” Laureano explained. “You just smell when you’re going to win. The way we act all the time, we’re going to win. In the clubhouse, in the dugout, the way life’s been, they’ve been making errors -- I’m like ‘Yeah, we’re going to win.'”
By glancing at the A’s dugout, you could see the players were loose. Despite a strong performance by Twins star center fielder Byron Buxton and a lot of back-and-forth at the plate, Oakland had it in the bag.
The win also extended the A’s win-streak to 11 after coming off of an 0-6 start to the season. Manager Bob Melvin never questioned his team, however.
“There’s always fight,” Melvin said after the game. “Regardless of what happened, I would have been proud of the fact that they just never say, ‘Die.’ There’s a lot of fight in this team.”