Apparently general manager Billy Beane believes it, too,
considering he said all was quiet with his club a day before the
Bradley hit a three-run shot for his first career walkoff home
run after Toronto rallied in the top of the ninth, lifting the A's
to a 6-5 victory over the Blue Jays on Sunday.
Bradley has been close to his best again after two stints on the
disabled list, showing the potential Beane liked back in December
when he struck a deal with the Dodgers to acquire the mercurial
"I'm just me," said Bradley, admittedly frustrated with
criticisms of him this season. "I go out there and play my
ballgame. Sometimes I play good, sometimes I make mistakes. I'm a
Bradley sent a 2-1 pitch from closer B.J. Ryan (1-1) over the
center-field wall for his sixth homer to give him four RBI. He was
mobbed at home plate after rounding the bases.
"It feels good, especially when I read in the paper that I've
got a tired act," he said. "I've done nothing but play hard. It's
a shame people look to gain in their personal career by tearing me
That timely home run kept the A's in first place in the AL West
after they began the day with a half-game lead over the Los Angeles
Angels, who played a night game at Boston.
"He's been great," A's outfielder Jay Payton said of Bradley.
"He's been a spark plug for us."
Lyle Overbay hit a go-ahead two-run double in the top half of
the inning and Aaron Hill also doubled in two runs, but Ryan
couldn't hold it and blew his fourth save as Toronto lost for the
ninth time in its last 14 road games.
Mark Ellis hit a one-out single and went to second on an
indifference call, then Mark Kotsay walked following Jason
Kendall's flyout to left bringing up Bradley, who drove in a run on
a fielder's choice earlier.
Komine pitched six impressive innings, delivering exactly the
kind of outing Oakland had hoped for from the 25-year-old
right-hander, who won his last six starts for Triple-A Sacramento
before being promoted.
Oakland scored its first two runs via fielder's choice, by Bobby Kielty and Bradley, then Kendall singled to left for an insurance
run with two outs in the seventh to chase Halladay after 110
"It was a tough game from the beginning," Halladay said.
"They do a lot of little things. It was one of those games where
you're fighting and clawing."
Halladay's five-game winning streak remained intact and he is
5-0 over his last eight starts.
Reed Johnson homered leading off the game for Toronto, but
Komine didn't let the homer affect him and held Toronto in check
the rest of the way before turning things over to the bullpen.
"I think it just settled me down," he said of the homer. "I
got it out of the way and made some good pitches after that. ...
You've just got to laugh at it and move on. It happens."
The A's finished a 4-3 homestand and now embark on an important
stretch with nine straight games against the division, including
back-to-back three-game road series at Los Angeles and Seattle
following by three home games against Texas.
Komine got the ball from his first pitch as a souvenir moments
before allowing Johnson's seventh homer on just the second pitch he
threw, then gave up a two-out single to Glaus before walking
The rookie had about 50 family members and friends in the stands
to support him, with some flying in from his native Hawaii for the
game. His parents, younger brother, and fiancee attended after
learning Wednesday that Komine would pitch for Oakland.
The Blue Jays led off the game with a home run for the
fifth time this season, the second by Johnson. ... Kielty ended an
0-for-12 stretch with his seventh-inning single. ... Komine, who
became the ninth pitcher to start a game for Oakland this season,
is the third player born in Hawaii to play for the A's. ...
Halladay has taken the ball 21 times following a Toronto loss and
the Blue Jays have gone 19-3 in those games. ... Bradley stole his
fourth and fifth bases of the year.