A's best Twins 13-12 in extras to win 11th straight
The Oakland A's have been looking hot these past 2 weeks. After starting 1-7, the A's looked like they were starting to lose it, but Billy Beane's team has pulled it out. They started their streak by winning the series against the Astros, and then sweeping the D-Backs, Tigers, and finally the Twins. The A's have gone from the bottom of the AL to the top. The A's have been able to conquer every series they have had, and have a harsh one against the Orioles this upcoming weekend in Baltimore but what they did today was amazing!
The A's were facing a COVID plagued Twins team and had already won the series by beating them 7-0 and 1-0 in a doubleheader on Tuesday. They came into the game at 11-7, on top of the league with the Red Sox while the Twins came in at 6-10 at the bottom of their division. Freddie Montas was on the mound for the A's while Kenta Maeda was on the mound for the Twins. Kenta was coming in 1-1 while Freddie was 2-1. In the first inning Josh Donaldson blasted a solo homer to get the Twins on the board first. The A's clapped back in the 2nd with Olson leading off with a solo homer, and 3 batters later, (Moreland was hit and Brown singled) Elvis Andrus singled, Moreland scored, and Brown went to second. Mark Canha then reached on an infield hit which allowed Brown to score which got the A's on top, 3-1. It was more of the same in the third as the Twins retook the lead with a Arraez double, Donaldson RBI single, and finally, a Nelson Cruz bomb. The A's responded in the bottom of the third with a Lowrie double, and then another Matt Olson homer. Moreland got out, but Murphy singled to bring up Brown. Brown smashed a massive homer to give the A's a comfortable 4 run lead, 7-3. In the bottom of the 4th, the Twins brought in Tyler Duffey who cleaned up and mopped the floor with the A's. In the top of the 5th, Nelson Cruz dropped another bomb and Buxton reached on an infield hit. That was all it took for the A's to give Wendelken the ball, but he didn't do well either. On a series of hits and errors, the Twins tied it up 7-7. Dobnak mopped the A's in the 5th and in the 6th, Sergio Romo came in for the A's. On 4 hits, the Twins retook the lead and expanded it to 10-7. It took the A's bringing in Kolarek to get out of the inning. In the bottom of the 6th, the A's had two base runners on when Lowrie doubled deep to right centerfield to score both runners home and bring the A's within 1. Petit cleaned up for the A's in the 7th and 8th while Taylor Rodgers, brother of Giants submariner Tyler Rodgers, took out the A's for the Twins in the bottom of the 7th and 8th. Lou Trivino cleaned up the Twins in the 9th to make the game dependent on the bottom of the 9th inning. With 1 out, Matt Chapman hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Laureano to tie the game and send it into extras. In the 10th, all heck broke loose and the A's went down 12-10 when Byron Buxton homered to left. The A's got out of it, ready to fight. Colome was in for Minnesota. It came down to tbe final out when the A's got the bases loaded. There was an infield grounder by Canha, but it was mishandled at second and Chapman scored as the bases were loaded once again. On the next pitch, it was a grounder to third that was also mishandled and Laureano was safe while Andrus and Kemp scored to give the A's the win.
It was a crazy game. The winning pitcher was Guerra (1-0) while to loser was Colome (1-2). The final totals were the Twins with 12 runs, 18 hits, and 2 errors, while the A's had 13 runs, 13 hits, and 2 errors. The A's will travel to Baltimore to play a 3 game series starting Friday while the Twins will travel home to face the Pirates in a 3 game series. The Twins left 10 on base while the A's left 6 on base. The Hugo Sports 360 Player of the Game is Matt Olson who had 2 homers and 3 RBIs.
Teams 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Twins 1 0 3 0 3 3 0 0 0 2 12 18 2
A's 0 3 4 0 0 2 0 0 1 3 13 13 2