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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.

Blake Snell becomes client of Boras Corporation

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Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.

Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”

Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.

Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.