Before the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday, the screens at Turner Field played a highlight package from 2011 that ended with Brian Wilson blowing a save against the Atlanta Braves. Minutes later, it was a different bearded Giants closer who couldn’t hang on against one of the league’s best lineups.
Sergio Romo gave up two runs in the ninth, and the Giants lost 6-5 on a day when they made plenty of small mistakes that haunted them in the end. It was just the fourth blown save for Romo in the past two seasons but his third this season in 19 chances.
– Alex Pavlovic, San Jose Mercury News
If only A.J. Griffin could be allowed to start and finish a game while getting some help in the middle parts.
That’s where Oakland’s righty has found trouble this season, surrendering 30 of his 39 earned runs in innings four through six.
Four came on one pitch in the sixth frame on Saturday, when Griffin offered up a grand slam to veteran catcher Henry Blanco, making his Mariners’ debut, in a 4-0 A’s loss, the club’s sixth in nine tries vs. Seattle this year.
– Jane Lee, MLB.com
One option that the Raiders could pursue when 2014 free agency rolls around is veteran running back Maurice Jones-Drew. Heading into a contract year with the Jacksonville Jaguars, MJD might not be re-signed, which could give Oakland an opportunity to acquire the former UCLA star and Oakland native.
In order for the Raiders to sign Jones-Drew, a few pieces would have to fall into place.
First, Darren McFadden, the Raiders current starting running back, would have to fail in his attempt to bounce back from a horrific 2012 campaign. The former first-round pick struggled mightily last season, amassing only 707 yards and two touchdowns on 216 carries while battling a high-ankle sprain that forced him to sit out four games.
– Gil Alcaraz IV, Rant Sports