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.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.