The Oakland Athletics are finding ways to win. But given the way Chuck Finley was pitching Wednesday, they didn't figure to pull this one out with a home run by the No. 9 hitter who was down in the count 1-2.
"It was a weird one," Oakland third baseman Scott Brosius said after his ninth-inning shot down the left field line lifted the A's to a 1-0 victory. "When I got two strikes, I was just trying to hit the ball up the middle.
"When I hit the ball, I didn't feel anything and I looked up there and said, 'That ball can get out of here.' I was just hoping it wouldn't hook foul. It was probably one of two forkballs he got up all day."