A's Walk-Off Win After 14 innings, 5 hours and 48 minutes

April 18, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson (28) celebrates with teammates after hitting the walk-off RBI single against the Chicago White Sox during the fourteenth inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports Well I thought I was shooting a day game today as the A's faced the White Sox at 12:35pm

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Andrew Triggs (60) pitches the ball against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carson Fulmer (51) before his first pitch against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

After about two hours in and still only in the 2nd, I knew it was going to be a long game.

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Andrew Triggs (60) in the dugout during the bottom of the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

A run a piece in the 1st inning, five runs by the White Sox in the 2nd followed by three by the A's MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada (10) high fives center fielder Adam Engel (15), shortstop Tim Anderson (7) and catcher Welington Castillo (21) after batting them in on a grand slam home run against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Another three runs by the White Sox in the 4th inning followed by four by the A's. MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics right fielder Stephen Piscotty (25) high fives teammates after scoring a run against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports By this point, I had already sent 50 photos and got a note from my editor to slow down on the transmitting and they didn't want anything else of players rounding the bases.

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox third baseman Yolmer Sanchez (5) rounds third base against the Oakland Athletics during the fourth inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports Generally our shot list is something of each starting pitcher, any runs scores and the batter who got the hit to send em in. Then some detail plays.

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson (7) hits a single against the Oakland Athletics during the third inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

When the game is 9 to 8 after the 4th, the set tends to get pretty heavy.

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics designated hitter Khris Davis (2) scores a run as Chicago White Sox catcher Welington Castillo (21) is unable to control the ball during the fourth inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

But I'm still tempted to send photos that I think are visually interesting, even if they aren't necessarily part of the storyline.

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox designated hitter Jose Abreu (79) bends over after being hit by pitch by the Oakland Athletics during the second inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox center fielder Adam Engel (15) throws the ball infield with right fielder Leury Garcia (28) below a Black Panther graphic on the wall during the thirteenth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

I more or less stopped sending, as the game went 11-11 and into extra innings.

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox center fielder Adam Engel (15) and left fielder Nicky Delmonico (30) sit on gatorade buckets above the dugout during the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

For only the second time in a ball game, and the first time at the Coliseum (Giants there's a tunnel from the outside third photo well that you can access) I had to run up the stands to find a bathroom during the half inning break between the 13th and 14th innings. After two 20oz each thermos, I had to gooooooooo. Thankfully, unlike Tuesday's free game, there weren't many fans to contend with as I darted up the stairs.

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; An Oakland Athletics fan in the stands during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

I intentionally chose the half inning break between 13th and 14th innings figuring if I missed a White Sox run, I could still get celebration at the end of the bottom of the 14th if they won, but if I missed an A's run in the bottom of an inning, I would miss the walk-off win celebration.

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson (28) celebrates with designated hitter Khris Davis (2) after hitting the walk-off RBI single against the Chicago White Sox during the fourteenth inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson (28) celebrates with shortstop Chad Pinder (18) and third baseman Matt Chapman (26) after hitting the walk-off RBI single against the Chicago White Sox during the fourteenth inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson (28) celebrates with teammates after hitting the walk-off RBI single against the Chicago White Sox during the fourteenth inning at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Photo tip: Bring extra batteries. Also my love for grip batteries. Generally, I can make it through one game on one battery. But I ended up exhausting both batteries in the camera I had my 300mm lens on and needing to swap a battery from the grip of my wide. Thankfully the wide still had 100% in the body so I could quickly run and get the "pie" shot after the walk off win.

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics shortstop Chad Pinder (18) puts a pie in the face of first baseman Matt Olson (28) as he is interviewed by Dallas Braden after hitting a walk-off single for the win against the Chicago White Sox at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics teammates pour gatorade on first baseman Matt Olson (28) after hitting a walk-off single for the win against the Chicago White Sox at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Photo tip #2: Be aware of your surroundings and courteous of your fellow shooters (still and video)! The "pie" shot is a photo we know is coming after any walk-off win. We generally walk over to where the interview is and carefully duck below the TV camera that does the live interview. Another photographer who I won't name, obliviously walked over and stood in front of the TV camera while the cameraman was hollering "hey, get down!" and also blocked another photographer (thankfully not me) on the shot. The TV cameraman called the photographer selfish and they responded calling them a prick. TV cameramen are notorious for getting in our way, and it's frustrating, but when it's their shot for a TV interview, they definitely have the "right-of-way". Sometimes in the hype of jubee we forget our surroundings and don't look over our shoulder to see who we might be blocking, it happens. But if you get called out for blocking someone's shot, accident or otherwise, you should apologize and try to be more aware. We don't work for the same company, but we have to work in each other's company. There's no space to make enemies.

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics shortstop Chad Pinder (18) puts a pie in the face of first baseman Matt Olson (28) as he is interviewed by Dallas Braden after hitting a walk-off single for the win against the Chicago White Sox at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Also, question: Can anyone tell me why Mark Canha has been wearing this, it was not cold. Also Piscotty wore it in the outfield but not when he was batting. Hmmm?

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics center fielder Mark Canha (20) wears a mask in the dugout during the eighth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics center fielder Mark Canha (20) returns to the dugout wearing a mask during the ninth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsMLB: Chicago White Sox at Oakland AthleticsApr 18, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics right fielder Stephen Piscotty (25) returns to the dugout wearing a mask during the ninth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

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