The A’s played some horrific defense in the eighth inning last night

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The final score of the Athletics-Astros game last night suggests it was a laugher, but it was only a one-run game entering the bottom of the eighth inning. That’s when Houston put up a six-spot thanks to three-run homers from Alex Bregman and Tyler White.

Before that, however, things kicked off in pretty hilarious fashion when Josh Reddick led off and lifted a fly ball to left field that, most of the time, would be caught. In this case things got weird.

For starters, Nick Martini took a bad route to the ball, requiring him to attempt a reaching grab. Secondly, he missed the grab, with the ball doinking off his glove and to the ground. Then he picked it up and air-mailed it — and, babies, it wasn’t on just any plane, it was scraping the mesosphere in a tricked-out SR-71 Blackbird — over second base and on towards first. Matt Olson couldn’t handle the throw, so it went to the wall in foul territory.

Reddick, meanwhile, was standing at second, brushing the dirt off as his base coaches implored him to go to third. Which he eventually did given how out of the frame the ball was.

Watch it all unfold in its errorriffic glory:

An out and a walk later Bregman launched his three-run jack and the game was basically over. Houston went on to win 11-4.

The Astros may be wearing “Dream Crushers” t-shirts, but last night it was more like a “Dream Self-Inflicted Wound” for the A’s.

Colin Poche, Rays go to arbitration just $125,000 apart

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Reliever Colin Poche went to salary arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with the sides just $125,000 apart.

The gap between the $1.3 million the pitcher asked for and the $1,175,000 the team offered was the smallest among the 33 players who exchanged proposed arbitration figures last month. The case was heard by John Woods, Jeanne Vonhof and Walt De Treux, who will hold their decision until later this month.

A 29-year-old left-hander, Poche had Tommy John surgery on July 29, 2020, and returned to the major leagues last April 22 after six appearances at Triple-A Durham. Poche was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and seven saves in 65 relief appearances for the Rays. He struck out 64 and walked 22 in 58 2/3 innings.

Poche had a $707,800 salary last year.

Tampa Bay went to arbitration on Monday with reliever Ryan Thompson, whose decision also is being held until later this month. He asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million.

Rays right-hander Jason Adam and outfielder Harold Ramirez remain scheduled for hearings.

Players and teams have split four decisions thus far. All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle, while pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Marlins.

A decision also is pending for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Eighteen additional players are eligible for arbitration and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 17. Among the eligible players is Seattle utilityman Dylan Moore, who has a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.