September 6, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Yusmeiro Petit (52, right) celebrates with catcher Hector Sanchez (29, left) after the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at AT

Bay Area Buzz 9/7: Petit Close, But Not Perfect, A's in First, Houston to Play Key Role

Petit So Close, Yet So Far From Perfection

Yusmeiro Petit was one pitch away from what might have been the most unlikely perfect game of all-time. Inches really. The 2-2 pitch to Eric Chavezeasily could have been called a strike in a typical situation, even without the help overzealous umpires sometimes give in no-hitter situations.

Then Hunter Pence came up just short on Eric Chavez’s liner. In any ballpark besides AT&T Park, it would have been more likely to be an out. Because of the depth and the angle of the wall in right, right fielders in AT&T cheat more towards center than anywhere else. Pence made his best effort to come up with the ball; if he had been shaded one or two steps to his left, he may have gotten it.

– Matthew Pouliot, HardballTalk

A’s Take Over First Place in AL West 

A night after being muzzled offensively, the A’s delivered the kind of production expected against the pitching-starved Astros.

Adding on runs throughout the night, Oakland wore out Houston 7-5 and grabbed sole possession of first place in the American League West for the first time since Aug. 6.

– Joe Stiglich, CSN Bay Area

Lamarr Houston Will Play Key Role

How different will the Oakland Raiders’ defense look Sunday?

Consider: Besides there being nine new starters, Lamarr Houston, who is making the switch from left defensive end to the right side, will be the only Raiders defensive player who had a sack last season with Oakland.

Yes, the Raiders had 25 sacks as a team last year, which ranked 31st in the NFL, and Houston tied for the team lead with four. Linebacker Miles Burris, who is on the reserve/physically unable to perform list, added 1.5 sacks. And that’s it.

– Paul Guttierez, ESPN


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