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Minnesota Twins v Oakland Athletics
We’re all getting coal.
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With a Saturday night loss to the Oakland Athletics, the Minnesota Twins fall to 50-52 in a disappointing loss reminiscent of the infamous “Mike Zunino Game” almost two months back.

Chris Smith saw his A’s get the first lead, with Ryon Healy doubling in Rajai Davis in the 1st. For the Twins, Zack Granite had a two-run single in the second, and Miguel Sano hit his 24th homer of the year (an opposite-field jack) to make it 4-1 in the 5th. The A’s would add another in the bottom half to make it 4-2.

It was a very Mejia-ish start for Adalberto Mejia. He allowed just two runs (lowering his ERA to 4.07), but only went five innings, having thrown 97 pitches. Some quick math tells us that Mejia is averaging 155 pitches per nine innings. That’s...not really all that great. But it’s not like Mejia only goes four or five innings because he doesn’t have his stuff, he just takes forever to get through an at-bat. Limiting the number of pitches he throws could dramatically improve Berty’s numbers.

In the bottom of the 8th, the A’s got the tying run up (not hard to do, as it was still just a two-run lead), but Buddy Boshers induced a timely 6-4-3 to squelch the threat. Good thing, too, because Matt Chapman just, I mean he, just, BOOM. Like, WHAM. Just, CRAACK and there it -- wow. A solo shot made it a one-run ballgame.

Taylor Rogers entered in relief of Boshers and ended the inning. He returned for the 9th looking for his first career save. He walked the leadoff man to face a 3-for-4 Rajai Davis. This was not a good idea. Davis launched one to deep left-center field, and just like that, the Oakland A’s had won the ballgame.

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Studs:

RP Tyler Duffey (2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K)

1B Joe Mauer (0-for-2, 3 BB)

3B Miguel Sano (1-for-5, 2 RBI, HR)

SS Eduardo Escobar (2-for-5, R)

CF Zack Granite (2-for-4, 2 RBI)

Duds:

RF Max Kepler (1-for-5, 4 K)

RP Taylor Rogers (0.1 IP, 2 ER, 1 HR, BS)

Comment of the Gamethread: Joel Hernandez

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