Oakland A’s Ramon Laureano (22) gets the fist bump from A’s third base coach Mark Kotsay (7) after hitting a solo shot against Minnesota Twins pitcher Matt Shoemaker in the third inning at Target Field in Minnesota on Fri May 14, 2021 (AP News photo)
Oakland Takes Game One In Minnesota Series
By Barbara Mason
Friday night the Oakland A’s took on the Minnesota Twins in their second series this season. In their first series this year the A’s swept. The second and third games of the series were one run games, the third a walk-off in the tenth inning.
The A’s still sit atop the American League West at 23-16 while the Twins are near the basement of the American League Central with a 12-23 record. In today’s game the A’s welcomed back Chad Pinder after being out with a knee injury. The A’s got some key hitting and runs to overcome the Minnesota Twins in this first game of the three game series in Minnesota with a 6-1 win.
Frankie Montas took the mound for this game and for the Twins it was Matt Shoemaker who got the nod . Montas had a nice showing in his last game and Oakland was looking for another great showing in this one.
It was a quiet first and second inning for both teams. Ramon Laureano got Oakland up on the board with a homer in the third inning. The A’s had the early 1-0 lead.
Oakland made more noise in the fifth inning with a second home run by Sean Murphy driving Seth Brown home and giving the A’s a 3-0 lead. Oakland was not finished and in the sixth inning Stephen Piscotty homered bringing Matt Chapman home. With a 5-0 lead Oakland was cruising.
Minnesota got on the board in the sixth inning when Josh Donaldson hit a solo home run, his team trailing 5-1.
Burch Smith would relieve Montas in the bottom of the seventh inning. Smith would get out of the inning with Minnesota leaving runners stranded on second and third.
Oakland had their fourth home run in the eighth inning courtesy of Mark Canha and now led 6-1. They now had 51 home runs for the season which is the second most in MLB.
The final score was 6-1. Tomorrow’s game, game two of the series will start at 1:05 PT as the A’s look for their second win against Minnesota