Top 5 Games of Last Week (8/18/14 – 8/24/14)
#5. Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics
At a time in the MLB season when every game counts for contenders and potential Wild Card teams, this is by far the best series right now. On Saturday, the Athletics won a tight contest, edging the Angels 2-1 thanks to a Coco Crisp go-ahead run in the 8th inning. Thanks to Crisps heroics, the Athletics grabbed a share of the lead of the AL West. Of course, there was still Sunday’s game to play.
#4. Chicago White Sox at New York Yankees
Never heard of Brian McCann? You’re probably not alone. The occasional pinch-hitter for the Yankees stepped up big time for the Yankees Sunday night, hitting a three-run homer in the tenth inning that ended the game and the series against the White Sox, clinching a series sweep for the Yankees. Yeah, he might be a name worth remembering. Even with baseball’s most expensive tickets last week, this game cost just $75.73 and was well worth the money.
#3. FIBA Exhibition – USA vs. Puerto Rico
Yes, this was just an exhibition game, but it was hardly preseason football. Pending cuts made both teams’ players desperate to play well, and that’s what they did. What ended a blowout started as legitimate competition, a first for USA Men’s Basketball. Tied at 24 after the first quarter, the two teams looked to be evenly matched, Puerto Rico employing an effective game plan early that limited US attempts thanks to excellent rebounding. The approach worked well up until after half time, when, trailing by just five points, Puerto Rico let the US go on a 16-4 run that put the game out of reach.
#2. Everton at Arsenal
Everton was this close to getting three much needed points. Instead, they left the field with one and a tie, thanks to a last second header from Giroud. USMNT hero Tim Howard could only watch as sloppy defending by teammate Sylvain Distin let Giroud slip by for an easy header in the 90th minute. Up 2-0 for most of the game, Howard watched sloppy defense doom his team to a tie in the final 10 minutes.
#1. Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics
After the A’s tied the Angels for the AL West lead on Saturday, the Angels came right back to take a one-game lead on Sunday. Josh Hamilton led the charge, looking like the player he was paid to be, homering and driving in three runs. Mike Trout added another home run, and Pujols and Kendrick each drove in a run as the Angels stomped the A’s 9-4.