It was one of those nights where baseball became pinball and the A's were in danger of breaking the scoreboard counter.
In the end Oakland was an 18-3 victor over the Minnesota Twins on a night where every ball that could fell in and A's starter Sonny Gray spent enough time on the bench between innings to get his taxes done.
Actually keeping his taxes straight might have been easier than keeping the box score accurate and up to date. It was the kind of night where outs were elevated into doubles and homers were degraded to doubles.
By the end of the fourth inning each A's batter not only had a hit but also had scored a run. Both teams emptied their benches and Minnesota gave the A's a guided tour of its bullpen.
By game's end Oakland not only had a two-touchdown win but also had a three-game lead in the American League West with the Texas Rangers having lost again to Pittsburgh at home.
Even the moment that looked bleakest -- Josh Donaldson getting hit on the hand by a pitch in...