Slap Hitter: Almost Perfect Not Good Enough for A's

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Rookie Brett Anderson just finished up eight shutout innings against the Los Angeles Angels, aka the Best in the West, and wound up with nothing. Which is better than the team, which slinks out of the Coliseum with a 10-inning 1-0 loss.

Anderson has thrown nothing but goose eggs for the past fortnight, and today outdid his best. The first 20 hitters went up and then down without a sniff of first base. The big lefty held the Angels, who put up eleven runs on the Green and Gold to no runs at all. He stopped the best hitting team in the bigs with no hits either. He gave up no walks to the visitors who knocked out rookie Cahill on Friday night with a bases-loaded walk. Hell, he inspired Oakland, who committed 4 errors on national television Saturday, to a flawless game played error-free. And the A's lost.

How do you know when your team is hopeless? When your "victories" have nothing to do with the team. A pitcher has a good streak, a batter goes 3 for 4, an outfielder makes a good catch. The General Manager makes some trades. So here's a near-beer toast to a noble defeat. Mr. impress me. (said in a spooky Matrix voice)— Kibby Kleiman