They have been flat out God awful.
But the other night they provided us with the single best “hustle” play we have seen all year.
Witness Brendan Ryan in the first inning of Tuesday’s game against Oakland. WIth one out, Ryan hit the ball to shortstop Eric Sogard, but beat it out for an infield single. First baseman Connor Jackson caught Sogard’s wide throw, and held onto the ball. Ryan noticed nobody was covering second and took off to take the extra bag.
Once he slid into second, he noticed nobody was on third and took that base (a la Johnny Damon in the ’09 World Series), as well. Kurt Suzuki stayed at home or else he could have scored on an infield single.
That’s the kind of thing you just have to love seeing, especially in a game featuring two teams a combined 25 1/2 games out of first place.