Oakland A’s Chad Pinder (10) strikes out in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis on Sat May 7, 2022 (AP News photo)
Oakland Lose A Tough One Against Twins 1-0; Kaprielian’s best outing isn’t good enough
By Barbara Mason
Saturday the A’s (10-17) took on the Minnesota Twins (17-11) in the second game of their series.. Oakland had only three hits in this game losing another close one 1-0. The bats have gone ice cold for the Athletics.
The crushing blow for the A’s came in the sixth inning when Jorge Polanco hit a home run to center and that would be all it would take for Minnesota to win the game.
This game was reminiscent of Friday night’s game. In game one the A’s had the bases loaded in the ninth inning and had every chance to take the lead in the game. Saturday again, Oakland had two on base in the ninth inning looking to tie or even take the lead. It all ended with a strikeout like it did last night.
So much disappointment in this game for Oakland. After his last outing which was not good, James Kaprielian had a great game once he settled in. He had seven strikeouts and only walked 2. For the most part these losses have come at the hands of the offense. It has been a very rough patch for the team.
It wasn’t that long ago that the A’s had a winning record and were feeling pretty good. That has come to a standstill as Oakland lost their eighth game in a row.
There may be some good news for the A’s tomorrow. Ramon Laureano is expected to join the club in tomorrow’s game for the final game of this series. While he has not been hitting as well as he would like he is certainly looking forward to joining the team after his suspension.
All eyes will be on Laureano knowing how much he can bring to the team offensively but especially defensively. His bat will come around as he trusts in his swing and doesn’t dwell on technique. We have seen how hot his bat can get and it will come around.
His return comes at the right time with Stephen Piscotty just being placed on a 10-day IL with a sprained wrist This just might be the spark that will turn this losing streak around.
Tomorrow Oakland will play Minnesota in the final game of this series. Daulton Jeffries take the mound for the A’s and Chris Paddack will start for the Twins. First pitch is schedule for 11:10 AM.