Miguel Sano hit a Thome-worthy moonshot, and Tyler Austin added a singular soda (solo pop) of his own, but Oakland was firing on all cylinders again tonight, and the Twins were A’s’d.
Getting A’s’d ([eīzd], with a little line over the I) is when you’re the Twins, and you’re going up against Mike Fiers, and he had a 5.22 ERA last year, but then he signed with the Tigers and pitched okay, and then Billy Beane said “hey, we need you to A’s some guys real quick,” so he trades for Fiers, and then guys just start getting A’s’d (like grazed, without the “gr.” ‘azed.) left and right, and then he goes up against the Twins and the Twins just get, like, A’s’d, man. They got A’s’d.
In three starts with Oakland prior to this evening’s game, Fiers had given up just three earned runs on two homers, while striking out over 10 batters per nine innings. Tonight wasn’t too different. It was a shorter start for Fiers, but still more of the same: seven strikeouts in almost six innings, and only one run allowed. That came on the aforementioned Miguel Sano long ball, which rocketed its way up into the third deck of left field.
Stephen Gonsalves managed to complete five full innings, but still struggled with control and appeared largely hittable to Oakland’s offense. Stove gave up four runs, all of them driven on Jonathan Lucroy hits (including a three-run homer), and walked four Athletics as well.
Tyler Austin went to his local food truck for an oppo taco in the seventh, bringing the score to 4-2, but Gabriel “Little Guardado” Moya surrended two RBI doubles in his eighth-inning appearance.
The Twins went down in order against Oakland closer Blake Treinen in the ninth, and the A’s A’s’d’ded Minnesota by a 6-2 final.
Winning Pitcher: Mike Fiers (10-6)
Losing Pitcher: Stephen Gonsalves (0-2)
DH Tyler Austin (2-for-4, R, RBI, HR)
RP Alan Busenitz (2 IP, H, K)
RP Trevor May (1 IP, H, 3 K)
LF Eddie Rosario (0-for-4, 3 K, 5 LOB)
CF Max Kepler (0-for-4, K, 2 LOB)
RF Jake Cave (0-for-4, 2 K)
RP Gabriel Moya (1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER)
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