Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A's and Twins split opening 4-game set


Game 1:  Minnesota: 4   Oakland:  3
WP - Koosman (1-0)    LP - Langford (0-1)   S - Corbett (1)

Twins 2B Rob Wilfong had 3 hits, including the go-ahead
 2-run homer in the 7th as the Twins spoiled the A's home 
opener. Doug Corbett pitched 2 and 2/3 innings for the save.











Game 2:   Oakland: 8   Minnesota: 1
WP - Keough (1-0)  LP - Redfern (0-1)

Matt Keough was the star as he went the distance in the 
8-1 win over Minnesota. This one was never close 
as the A's banged out 12 hits, including 3 each from Rickey Henderson and Mitchell Page.  Page connected on his first homer of the year as did Dave Revering to lead Oakland.














Game 3:  Oakland: 5  Minnesota: 4
WP - Kingman (1-0)  LP - Zahn (0-1)  S - Lacey (1)

Jeff Newman had a banner day going 4 for 4 with a home
run and 2 RBI as the A's took care of business, beating
the Twins 5-4.  Light-hitting Rob Picciolo also went 
deep for the A's.  Brian Kingman pitched into the 8th
inning and picked up the W, with Bob Lacey capping
it off for his first save.  Butch Wynegar had 2 hits for
Minnesota.








Game 4:  Minnesota: 3  Oakland: 0  (14 innings)
WP - Corbett (1-0)  LP - Lysander (0-1)

It took 14 innings but finally someone generated some
offense in this one, and it was the visiting team doing 
so in a 3-0 victory.  This game was all about the 
pitching, with starters Roger Erickson (Minnesota) and
Mike Norris (Oakland) both pitching 9 shutout innings.
Both pitchers also struck out 8 opposing batters in what
were dominating performances.  
Iron-Man Doug Corbett relieved Erickson in the 10th and 
proceeded to throw 5 more shutout innings, getting a 
much deserved W.  
Corbett was outstanding in this series in both his appearances.

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