Slap Hitter: After A's Comeback, Tragedy.

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Angel's rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart pitched the game of his life Wednesday evening, it was also his last. The 22-year old starter was the victim of a hit and run driver and was pronounced dead at a southern California hospital in the early hours this morning.

Angel's rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart pitched the game of his life Wednesday evening, it was also his last. The 22-year old starter was the victim of a hit and run driver and was pronounced dead at a southern California hospital this morning.

Adenhart had just a brief moment in the big leagues, but his few appearances kept crossing paths with Oakland. Last year, making an emergency start, Adenhart was hammered by the usually anemic A's offense and refreshingly said that it took him a while to rebuild his confidence. That kind of a insight is rare in an elite athlete and even more surprising for a top pro to share with civilians.

Last night, Adenhart in front of his hometown fans eluded trouble in each of his six shutout innings. Walks, hits and opportunities came up empty for the Athletics who could not touch the Angel's pitcher when it counted. The A's rose up in an unlikely comeback to trim their Anaheim rivals, but the celebration is now certainly over and the game tonight ought to have been postponed the moment the news came down.

A fan posting on the A's website got it right when he said; better that our comeback fizzled and that Adenhart had been able to leave the ball park ten minutes sooner, with the game ball in his glove compartment and his Mitsubishi across the intersection with the young man on his way to be safe at home.— Kibby Kleiman

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