OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A few hours after he ended the longest game in the majors this season, Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss and his 3-year-old son sat together in the family home and stayed awake to watch television replays.
Not of the game, and not Moss’ two-run home run in the 19th inning which lifted Oakland to a 10-8 win in a game that took 6 hours, 32 minutes to complete and ended at 1:41 a.m. PDT.
Young Jayden Moss preferred to watch his father throwing a pie in his own face — and made Brandon replay it 18 times.
“He’s into all the baseball stuff but he didn’t want to watch the home run,” Moss said Tuesday. “He just wanted to watch the pie. That was his favorite.”
Only a handful of the 11,688 fans remained when Moss hit his second home run of the night, ending the longest game by time in Oakland — and the longest in Angels history.
A day later both teams were still feeling the effects.
A’s manager Bob Melvin had to scrap his normal postgame routine just to get home in time to catch a few hours of sleep before having to return to the ballpark.
Before watching television with his son, Moss first had to explain to his wife and sister why he was so late. The two women, along with Moss’ two children, had arrived in the players parking lot at 9:45 p.m. ostensibly to pick Moss up. They spent the next 4 1-2 hours waiting as the innings piled up.
“She almost left in the 11th but then she thought ‘As soon as I drive away, they’ll win,’” Moss said.
At least they got home before 3 a.m.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia had to meet with his staff until the wee hours of the morning trying to formulate a plan after losing leadoff hitter Peter Bourjos to a hamstring injury.
“You know how many moves we had to run through at 3 o’clock in the morning just trying to get an idea of what the needs of the team are going to be right now and what we need moving forward,” Scioscia said.
Moss had to pie himself because former Boston Red Sox Josh Reddick, who usually gets the honor of the pie throw after a game-ending hit by the A’s, was initially too tired.
Reddick did come back with a second pie, and Josh Donaldson emptied a water jug on Moss’ head.
Closer Ernesto Frieri, who gave up a tying hit to Yoenis Cespedes in the ninth, said the A’s did not deserve to win.
Los Angeles allowed a 7-2 eighth-inning lead to slip away on a night Albert Pujols homered twice and drove in four runs. Mark Trumbo also homered and drove in three.