Your author fell asleep right after the Twins had made a snoozer of a game interesting in the 7th, plating five runs to narrow a 6-0 blowout to a one-run game. When he woke up, he:
- Felt bad that he let you, the reader, down, in not getting the game story written up in a timely manner.
- Knew for sure the final would be 6-5 in Oakland's favor.
And sure enough, here we are.
Although it didn't start out that way, Friday gave us another appearance of Evil Kyle Gibson, the one with a double digit ERA in his now nine losses. After four scoreless innings to start, Gibson got lit up for all six of Oakland's runs in the next two innings, with a Coco Crisp bases-loaded triple providing the big blow. Most glaringly, Gibson issued five walks in his five innings of work.
It looked that would be more than enough run support for Scott Kazmir, who was flummoxing the Twins through six scoreless innings. In the aforementioned 7th, the Twins roared back, with RBI singles by Trevor Plouffe and Oswaldo Arcia breaking it open. A 2-run double by GENE chased Kazmir, and another double by Eduardo Nunez off A's reliever Ryan Cook made it 6-5. HERE IS WHERE I WENT TO SLEEP.
Per our guy Rhett Bollinger's game story, Cook struck out Jordan Schafer to end that rally, then Oakland closer Sean Doolittle almost gave up a go-ahead dong to Josh Willingham in the top of the 9th, but it went just foul. The game ended soon thereafter. Is it just me, or is this like the dozenth time the Twins have rallied back to lose by one run this year? Any of you guys know Elias from the Sports Bureau.
Oh well. Happy Trevor May Day, everybody.
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