Review confirms Young's near-walk-off homer goes foul
A's outfielder just misses game-winning blast with two outs in ninth
OAKLAND -- Oakland missed winning Tuesday's series opener against the Astros by mere inches when Chris Young's would-be game-winning home run hooked just foul with two outs in the ninth.
With Stephen Vogt on first and two outs, Young tagged a Chia-Jen Lo curveball down the left-field line. The ball was ruled foul and upheld after an umpire review. The ball missed the foul pole by inches and Young struck out on the next pitch in the A's 5-4 loss at O.co Coliseum.
"That's how the game goes sometimes," Young said. "It goes from extremely crappy to amazing to unbelievable to crappy again. It was a full process all in a 3 1/2-hour period today."
Young felt the ball was fair, initially, while A's manager Bob Melvin wasn't able to tell from his vantage point in the third-base dugout. The outcry from the 14,261 in attendance and Young's reaction prompted him to ask crew chief Dana DeMuth and the rest of the umpires to take a look at the replay.
"I thought it was going to stay true," Young said. "From my point of view, I thought it was fair. I just appreciate the umpires going to check it out. That's all you can ask for. If it's foul, it's foul. Just go look at it and get it right, and they got it right. We were inches away from winning that game."
Jeff Kirshman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.