The A’s slide continues as the Twins beat them again 7-4

May 3, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

Oakland Athletics pitcher Kendall Graveman throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 3, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

By Jerry Feitelberg

Minneapolis- The Oakland A’s appear to be what many thought they would be this year. They are a last place team and at the moment are not very good. They lost their third straight game, and eighth in the last nine played as the Twins beat them 7-4 Wednesday night.

Kendall Graveman started for Oakland. Graveman had been very consistent this season, but he was just a bit off Wednesday night. He was just missing the strike zone by an inch or so, and he threw 38 pitches in the first inning alone. Graveman walked Brian Dozier to start the game. Dozier went to third when a pickoff attempt by Graveman got past Yonder Alonso. With one out, Graveman walked Miguel Sano and Joe Maurer to load the bases. Twins designated hitter, Kennys Vargas, singled to drive in two to give the Twins an early 2-0 lead.

The A’s plated a run in the top of the third when Matt Joyce doubled to right. Rajai Davis singled advancing Joyce to third. Joyce scored on a Trevor Plouffe groundout. However, The Twins scored three more in the bottom of the third when Vargas homered with two men aboard to increase the lead to 5-1.

The A’s scored two in the fourth when Yonder Alonso hit his sixth homer of the year with a man aboard to make it 5-3. A’s manager Bob Melvin took Graveman out of the game in the bottom of the fourth. Graveman left with a man on third and one out. His pitch count was at 94 and Melvin had seen enough. Liam Hendriks was brought in to pitch. The man on third scored when Max Kepler grounded out. Graveman went 3 and 1/3rd innings and allowed 5 hits and six runs, all earned.

The Twins scored a run in the seventh, and the A’s countered with one in the ninth. The A’s loaded the bases with no out in the ninth but could score just one run. The game ended when Plouffe ground into a game-ending double play. Final score 7-4 in favor of Minnesota.

Game Notes- The A’s are mow five games under the .500 mark at 11-16. The Twins are now 14-11.

The A’s announced that lefty reliever Sean Doolittle has been placed on the 10-day DL with a left shoulder strain. Doolittle has pitched well this year, and this appears to be a setback for him as he has been plagued with shoulder issues over the last three seasons. The A’s Cesar Valdez was designated for assignment. Valdez can be claimed on waivers or traded within 10 days. If he clears waivers, he can be re-assigned to Nashville or become a free agent. The A’s recalled Josh Smith and Bobby Wahl from Nashville. Wahl made his Major League debut in the sixth inning of Wednesday night’s game, and he gave up a run to the Twins.

The A’s conclude the series and the nine-game road trip Thursday in Minnesota. Jharel Cotton pitched for the Green and Gold, and Kyle Gibson will go for the Twins. Cotton is 2-3 for the year and will be trying to regain his consistency while Gibson is 0-3 and needs a victory to stay in the Twins’ rotation. Game time is at 10 am. The A’s return home Friday to start a six-game homestand against the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels.

 

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Retired pharmacist who now has a career as a sports writer and broadcaster

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