The Minnesota Twins have not lost a road trip so far this season. After losing two of three games in Chicago against the White Sox, the Twins needed to win today to even the record for the road trip they’re on right now. Visiting the Oakland Athletics, the Twins gave up the lead and tried to chip back late in this contest.
From what I can tell and understand, it doesn’t snow very often in the Bay Area, but in the top of the second tonight, there were some reports of Sanó. That is, Miguel Sano hitting a two-run dinger to left-center, his 13th of the season, to get the Twins on the board first. Max Kepler came in on a GIDP in the third inning off the bat of Nelson Cruz and bring the score to 3-0 in favor of Minnesota.
The Athletics battled back in their part of the third and fourth innings. Generic-name-lover Matt Olson knocked a two-run homer of his own in the bottom of the third, bringing Oakland within one run. The fourth inning proved rocky for Twins starter Jake Odorizzi, and the defense didn’t help him at first. A fielding error by Sanó started off the inning, allowing Mark Canha to get on base. A walk and a single got the bases loaded for former Twins catcher Chris Herrmann, just reactivated off the Injured List from knee surgery. Before Herrmann stepped into the batter’s box, Twins skipper Rocco Baldelli came to the mound with a trainer to check on Odo, and Jake shook them off. Herrmann decided to take advantage of whatever was happening and jacked a grand salami, complete with mustard on rye, and gave the Athletics a 6-3 lead. Baldelli and the trainer came out and Odorizzi was pulled due to injury, leaving the game with a less-than-ideal line: 3+ IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 2 K. Adalberto Mejia came in and sent down Oakland batters in order (plus one).
Oakland was able to put another run on the board in the fifth on a Robbie Grossman single, but not before an amazing play by Marwin Gonzalez. Ramon Laureano hit a ball to the wall, where Gonzalez chased it down and threw a one-hopper from left field to Castro at home plate, who was able to nab Mark Canha to prevent a run from scoring.
Designated wet blanket Castro said, “NOT TODAY,” and lead off the fifth inning with a homer of his own - 417 feet to center field - and brought the Twins within two runs. Luis Arraez continues to be awesome and drove in Gonzalez on a double in the sixth, making it a 7-5 game for Oakland. Designated wet blanket Castro said, “NOT TODAY,” and lead off the seventh inning with a homer of his own - 401 feet to center field - and brought the Twins within one run.
Mejía pitched into the seventh, handing the reins over to Matt Magill for the last two outs of the inning, who gave up a homer to Canha to make up for that earlier play at the plate. What a jerk. Is he even a Twins fan? Man, it’s late.
Mike Morin put up a zero for the Twins in the bottom of the eighth while another former Twins player, Liam Hendriks, closed the door on the Twins to end the game.
Twins and Athletics play again tomorrow at 8:07p Central. It should be a great pitching matchup as Kyle Gibson will go for the Twins while Oakland counters with Mike Fiers.
Athletics 8, Twins 6
W: Mengden (3-1)
L: Odorizzi (10-4)
S: Hendriks (3)
- Jake Odorizzi left the game with what was determined a blister on his middle finger.
- Nine Twins batters have a home run in the double-digits now.
- Marwin Gonzalez’s cutting down of Mark Canha at home plate was his fifth outfield assist of the year, tying him for the team lead with Byron Buxton.
- Ex-Twins on the Athletics? 3-5, 2 R, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K, HR; 1 IP, H, 2 K
- Jason Castro: 3-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 HR, K
- Marwin Gonzalez: 1-4, R, 2 K, fantastic outfield assist
- Luis Arraez: 2-4, R, RBI, K
- Miguel Sano: 2-4, R, 2 RBI, K
- Adalberto Mejia: 3.1 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 3 K
- Mike Morin: 1 IP
- Nelson Cruz: 0-4
- C.J. Cron: 0-3, BB, K
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