Real. When Loaiza's first pitch showed 91mph on the radar gun, my first thought was this:
And then my second thought was this:
Where had this velocity been all year? Later, Loaiza threw a pitch that measured 95mph on the stadium gun. What the heck? With his velocity suddenly returned from its AWOL status, Loaiza cruised through the game. After six innings, he had only thrown 58 pitches. He was at 90 pitches through eight.
As an aside to this, even though Loaiza had Upton befuddled most of the afternoon, striking him out three times, I kinda fell in love with Upton anyway. His swing is so quick and smooth, it's quite a lovely thing to behold. I think he has the most aesthetically pleasing swing I've seen in years.
Real. It may seem hard to believe, since Chavez had only hit one home run since June, but he actually got all of one in this 7th inning drive. This was a monstrous towering blast, that went a mile high, taking forever to come down just beyond the right field fence. I don't think I've seen a ball go so hard, so high, and so far since Mark McGwire roamed the Coliseum.
Handshakes and High Fives
The A's hold on to win their shortest game of the year.