KANSAS CITY, Mo. Of all the brutal moments the As suffered through after the All-Star break and there were plenty of them as they stumbled through a 29-38 record in the second half were the cruelest.

Of that, there is little debate. The As owned most of their AL wild-card game against the Royals. This was their Rico Gafford Jerseys game to win, their ticket to the ALDS waiting to be punched.

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How am I feeling? As manager Bob Melvin told reporters after the game. Well, I'm not feeling very good. I mean, it was a great game. Both teams played well and played hard. But the short answer to your question is not great at this point. You want to win the game.

They gave their new ace, Jon Lester, a 2-0 lead just four batters into the game.

They scored five times in the sixth inning to take a commanding 7-3 lead against a team that cant hit home runs and admittedly isnt much of a big-comeback team.

Then, after giving up the lead and weathering a Drew Lock T Shirts few Kansas City threats in extra innings, they finally took the lead in the top of the 12th inning.

And then the pain really started.

Literal pain, when Jonny Gomes and Sam Fuld collided at the wall in left-center on a drive hit by Eric Hosmer (Coco Crisp and Geovany Soto had already previously left the game with injuries). Figurative pain, when they watched Hosmer race all the way to third base and score on a tiny chopper by Christian Colon.

And then the final kick in the gut, by maybe the unlikeliestof sources. Royals catcher Salvador Perez had looked awful at the plate. Brett Jones Jerseys His feeble swings during fourth- and eighth-inning strikeouts were mocked openly on social media.

But he found a way to make the barrel of the bat contact the baseball and send it past a diving Josh Donaldson at third base, and Colon raced home from second with the winning run, sending the folks at Kauffman Stadium into a frenzy and the As back to the clubhouse in shock.

It was a stunning way for this season, full of bold front-office moves and stellar play in the first half of the year, to end. Front-office guru Billy Beane pulled off trades for front-line starters Lester andJeff Samardzija, and he also added guys like Jason Hammel (who gave up Perez's hit)and Adam Dunn and Sam Fuld and others to shore up areas of concern.

This team owned the best record in baseball for so much of the season that it seemed silly to think it wouldnt be the top Denver Broncos Sleepwear Underwear seed in the AL. Instead, it wound up only getting in because baseball expanded to add a second wild-card team last year, and then it became the first team eliminated.

Its going to be another long offseason for the As.

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