I went to the game last night, and it was exactly the kind of game I love to watch: a pitchers' duel that the A's win dramatically.
Bruce Chen (!) was doing his best Barry Zito imitation, mixing high-80s fastballs, a changeup, and a big-bending curveball to confound the A's hitters. Like Zito when he's at his best, Chen had the A's either striking out or popping up.
But Rich Harden matched Chen pitch for pitch. He threw a lot of pitches in the first inning, but then he settled down, and got through eight innings without yielding a run.
Marco Scutaro sent us all home happy by hitting a two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth of B.J. Ryan. It doesn't get much better than that.
I'll be at the game today, too. Hopefully, Zito will continue his recent run of good pitching.