Doolittle ecstatic about saving Zito’s (probable) last MLB start

Sean Doolittle feels pretty good about his outing on Wednesday. 

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The Oakland Athletics were in full-on ‘spoiler’ mode on Wednesday, capitalizing on four errors by the Los Angeles Angels to the tune of seven unearned runs en route to an 8-7 victory that threw a wrench in the Halos’ hunt for a postseason spot.

The Angels fell a half-game behind the Houston Astros for the second Wild Card spot in the AL after A’s closer Sean Doolittle was able to find his way out of a bit of a mess in the bottom of the ninth.

37-year-old Barry Zito started the game for Oakland in what may very well have been his final appearance as an MLB player. He only managed four innings, but left with a lead the A’s wouldn’t give up. 

After the game, Doolittle sounded downright ecstatic about pitching in a game started by Zito, as he told John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group: 

As for Zito, he joked a bit with A’s reporters after the game regarding his future plans and expectations: 

Doolittle’s injury-plagued 2015 season is representative of the sour year the A’s have had as a team, though managing to be a thorn in the Angels’ side at this point in the season probably felt good. 

It was also rather appropriate, given this bit of A’s trivia pointed out by’s Melissa Lockard: 

With his future ahead of him, perhaps Zito will make good on his previously stated interest in becoming a full-time Nashville musician…