Recap: A’s @ Twins Game 50
The A’s skid hits seven straight as they fall to 22-28 on the year and plunge closer to the AL West basement with a 3-2 loss today in Minnesota. After a messy and sloppy game from both teams it came down to Josh Willingham beating his former teammates with a walk-off three run home run off of Brian Fuentes.
- Fuentes in for the save, took the loss as he had a rocky ninth inning. The inning started with a single to Jamey Carroll, a walk to Denard Span, before he managed to get outs from Ben Revere and Joe Mauer. With one strike to Willingham, he delivered it over the left field wall to end the game. Final line: two-thirds of an inning, three earned runs, two hits, a walk and no strikeouts. Ugly.
- The other pitchers really weren’t much better. While they failed to allow a run which is of course a positive, they did it in perhaps the ugliest way possible, with six combined walks from Jarrod Parker and Grant Balfour in their seven combined innings, though they only allowed four hits. The only really good outing really came from Jerry Blevins who had an inning worked with a hit and two strikeouts.
- The offense again only managed two runs, but at least two nine walks with Collin Cowgill, Josh Reddick and Kila Ka’aihue both drawing two apiece.
- The lineup was interesting with Coco Crisp hitting eighth and Cowgill taking his typical for the year number two spot. Cowgill has been doing a good job of getting on base, something the other A’s have struggled with an in addition to the two walks went 1-for-3 with a run scoring single.