Rickey Henderson's game-winning hit was the last thing on Oakland manager Tony La Russa's mind. La Russa's week of torture continued Thursday when starting shortstop Walt Weiss was seriously injured in Oakland's 9-8 victory over Milwaukee.
La Russa was in no mood to enjoy his team's three-game sweep of the Brewers.
"We're paying too big a price right now," La Russa said. "I'm good at showing emotion, but not very good about talking about it. I'd rather lose for two weeks than not have him around."
Ever since catcher Terry Steinbach was hit in the head with a pitch by Chicago's Bobby Thigpen last Saturday _ followed by La Russa's post-game shouting match with a reporter _ the Oakland manager has been dealing with one team accident after another.
Weiss, who ruptured ligaments in his left ankle while tripping head-first over first base on a groundout, was carried away on a stretcher. He underwent surgery on Thursday night and was set to become the fourth player in eight days and 13th this season to go on the disabled list for the A's.
Oakland pitcher Joe Klink, who broke his right foot when hit by Dante Bichette's line drive Wednesday night, is expected to miss at least six weeks. The A's recalled pitcher John Briscoe from Tacoma of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League.
Henderson's two-out single in the eighth scored Lance Blankenship, who had doubled and stolen third, with the go-ahead run off Chuck Crim (3-4). The A's had taken an 8-4 lead in the seventh on Harold Baines' grand slam, but Bichette reciprocated with a grand slam of his own to tie it for Milwaukee in the eighth.
Bichette, who also homered in the second, set a career high with five RBI and now has 10 homers this season.
Oakland's home record of 20-6 is the best in baseball. The A's are 24-9 in Oakland against the Brewers since 1986, including 9-1 in their last 10 games.