The A’s already have the division lead on the Rangers, this we know. What needs to happen now, however, is separation. The season is coming to a close, and the A’s are once again looking to lock up the division lead.
Unfortunately for them,, they lost to the Twins tonight by a score of 4-3. Pitching tonight for the A’s was Jarrod Parker, and for the Twins, Liam Hendricks. Both were good, but the Twins still had the edge.
Offensively, things started out pretty slow for both teams, and the on-field performances were good for both teams. The first team to get on the board, however, was the Twins with one run in the bottom of the second inning on a Josh Willingham homer to left center. The A’s had no answer, as the Twins got their next three players at bat out in the third inning.
Things didn’t really start to pick up till later in the game, in the fifth inning. Here, Alberto Callaspo homered to right center, putting the A’s on the board for the first time and giving them the 2-1 advantage over the Twins.
The A’s once again stuck in the sixth inning, when Cespedes singled to left center, bringing in Josh Donaldson. After that, Hendricks was done for the night and relieved by Caleb Theilbar.
Unfortunately for the A’s, however, they were unable to maintain their two-run lead, as the Twins’ Oswaldo Arcia dri;led a home run to right center.
In the bottom of the seventh, Doolittle came in to relieve Parker.
The A’s failed to consolidate their lead again, and Josh Willingham was able to hit yet another homer, putting the Twins up 4-3. That was it for the night, and the A’s dropped to 83-61. They are still 1.5 games ahead of the Rangers, but are going to have to work hard to win the division. Obviously, the Rangers aren’t going to give up without a fight.