The Oakland A’s couldn’t complete the sweep this afternoon against the Minnesota Twins who won the final game of their four-game series 6-1.
Both starting pitchers were great throughout their outtings. Jason Hammel allowed just one run through 6.1 innings which included four hits and five strikeouts. He didn’t get the run support he needed this afternoon though and instead took a no decision. The only run he allowed came on a home run to the second batter of the game Brian Dozier.
At one point in the top of the seventh the Twins threatened, but reliever Fernando Abad ended that threat as Eduardo Nunez was caught stealing and then Abad proceeded to get the third out of the inning on a strikeout.
For the Twins it was Phil Hughes who also allowed just one run in his seven inning start. His line included just four hits and seven strikeouts to just one walk. The one run scored against him came on a Stephen Vogt single which drove in Sam Fuld. It seemed like a great start for the Oakland A’s, but that would be it offensively for the night.
The 1-1 tie was then broken in the top of the eighth with Luke Gregerson on the mound. Kurt Suzuki recorded Minnesota’s second run of the game with a double that drove in Danny Santana. Later on Josh Willingham hit a two-run homer and just like that the Oakland A’s were down 4-1.
The following inning the Twins continued to pour it on, and this time with Jesse Chavez pitching. He wasn’t very effective though as Suzuki got his second RBI single of the game followed shortly by a bases loaded walk. That would push the game to 6-1 and out of reach.
The Oakland A’s will not face off against a very hot Kansas City Royals team that has won seven in a row and nine of their last 10. That includes grabbing two out of three against these same Oakland A’s to start off August.