The Oakland A’s have defeated the Minnesota Twins by the final of 9-4 in game three of their four-game series. Catcher Derek Norris led the way with five RBI’s.
The story of the night was two-fold for the A’s with Derek Norris headlining things offensively. Norris ended the night with five RBI’s although he only recorded one hit. On that hit, which was a three-run homer, Derek Norris got three of those RBI’s. His other two came from two separate bases loaded walks in the first and second innings.
Josh Donaldson and Stephen Vogt also had two RBI’s apiece. Donaldson’s came on a two-run single in the second while Vogt smashed a two-run home run in the fifth. Those three accounted for all nine runs scored for the Oakland A’s.
In all the Oakland hitters walked a total of 11 times, seven of which came against starter Trevor May. The youngster struggled to control the ball during his short two-inning start and in the end threw more balls (35) than strikes (28). He allowed four runs in those two innings.
On the other side of the ball Jeff Samardzija was solid through six innings. He allowed just two runs on seven hits and struck out five. He did give up a run in the first inning, but soon after he settled in and allowed just one more run in the fifth. That run came on a fielder’s choice.
Dan Otero, who came on in relief of Samardzija, also allowed two runs in two innings of work.
Tomorrow afternoon (1:05pm start time) the Oakland A’s will look for the four-game sweep with Jason Hammel (9-93.70 ERA) set to take the mound against Phil Hughes (11-8, 4.01 ERA). Hammel is just 1-4 with the Oakland A’s so far this season, but that lone win was in his last start. He’ll look to continue the trend against righty Hughes who is working out of a funk of his own.