A's Magical Ride Screeches to a Halt

Dan Honda/Oakland Tribune

Inning after inning, all night long, the A's sought their moment, that electrifying instant, that inevitable rally they've made a habit of generating.

There were few signs of despair even as it became evident they were overmatched. Oakland starter Jarrod Parker kept pitching, at times quite well, and the A's kept taking their hacks at the plate.

The hitters got nothing and now their incredible, indelible season is over.

It finally ended Thursday night with a 6-0 loss to Detroit in a decisive Game 5 that was defined mostly by helpless swings against the best pitcher in baseball.

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