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

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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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