Recap: A’s @ Twins Game 49
The offensively hapless A’s traveled to Minneapolis to take on the all-round hapless Twins for a Memorial Day afternoon matchup. The A’s entered with a five-game skid and threw Travis Blackley out onto the hill to take on perhaps the man who has been the most solid starter for the Twins thus far this season: Scott Diamond. The game was a back-and-forth affair with the A’s staking out an early 2-0 lead, that turned to 2-1, which became 3-1, then in the following half inning 3-3, before they regained the lead 4-3, before losing it in that half inning for the final score of 5-4 in favor of Minnesota.
- The goat of the game was unquestionably Coco Crisp. His first trip to the plate he grounded into a double play erasing Jemile Weeks right before what now became a Josh Reddick solo shot. Next time up Crisp again grounded into a double play to end the inning. Next time up with two men on, he grounds out to strand the runners and end the inning. After that again, two men on, pops out to strand the runners and end the inning. Finally his last trip he again grounds out with two men on, but fortunately it neither ends the innings, nor goes for a double play. All in all, a pretty brutal game that saw him go 0-for-5, stranding eight runners. His slash line now stands at .156/.206/.167 and advanced stats don’t like him anymore than that: his wOBA at .189, his wRC+ at a mere 14.
- Reddick and Kila Ka’aihue both took Diamond deep. For Reddick it was his fourteenth home run, for Ka’aihue his third. Reddick’s other hit in the ballgame was a triple as he continues to pace A’s hitters. While Weeks seems to be heating up, Crisp’s inclusion in the lineup ahead of Reddick has just spelled fewer and fewer opportunities for him to get guys home a big problem when your offensive is far from clicking.
- Collin Cowgill 3-for-4 with a caught stealing and a pick off, had a good game at the plate despite a lousy one on the basepaths. Aside from Reddick the only other Athletics hitter in double digits was Weeks with two hits.
- Blackley meanwhile did not look awful in his Oakland debut as a starting pitcher. He went five innings, allowing one earned run (a Trevor Plouffe home run) on three hits, with a walk and three strikeouts. Jordan Norberto blew a save relieving him when the A’s surrendered their 3-1 lead, his first blown save on the year that saw his ERA rise to 4.07. Grant Balfour came in for an inning and a third of solid work, allowing no hits, and walking just one with no strikeouts as the A’s regained the lead.
- Ryan Cook his 23 inning scoreless streak on the line had a rough outing. His blown save was the second of the game following Norberto’s as he gave up a one run lead with a two earned run, two hit, two walk inning for earn the loss and see his ERA jump from a tidy 0.00 to 0.75.