A's blow up, blow out Twins
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By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The longer Joe Mays was on the mound in Wednesday's ALDS
Game 2, the deeper the Twins' hole became. But unlike Game 1, the hole was too
deep. There would be no stunning comeback.
The A's made sure of that by burying Minnesota with a five-run fourth inning
to take a commanding 8-0 lead en route to 9-1 victory at Network Associates
Coliseum and evening the best-of-five series at one game apiece.
Paced by the A's 14-hit attack, Oakland lefty Mark Mulder (1-0) held the
Twins to one run on five hits over his six innings of work. The lone run allowed
was a Cristian Guzman home run to left field in the fifth inning.
The series now shifts to the Metrodome, where Games 3 and 4 will be played
Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the Twins send 15-game winner Rick Reed out to
face 23-game winner Barry Zito, another tough left-hander.
Throughout his 3 2/3-inning performance, Mays (0-1) was kept in hot water by
Oakland's batters. Even though he worked the outside part of the plate, A's
hitters reached out and connected to the opposite field.
"I didn't do my job," Mays said. "They were going after the sinker down and
away, and I didn't effectively pitch inside. That's what I get. They know I'm a
sinkerball pitcher, and they just went out there and got it."
Just as nervousness plagued the Twins in the early innings on Tuesday, Mays
had to work through some playoff jitters himself. Mays said he was "tensed up"
and "too wired" at the start of Game 2. More >
By Mychael Urban / MLB.com
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- As soon as Eric Chavez's mammoth three-run homer fell to
earth some 400 feet away from home plate Wednesday, Miguel Tejada had one
Tejada, with Tuesday's blown lead in Game 1 of the American League Division
Series still fresh in his head, was certain the A's would need more than what
Chavez gave them in the first inning to win Game 2.
"They sent us a message in Game 1, and that message was that they don't
quit," Tejada explained. "Three-run lead? We had that in the first inning
As it turned out, the A's didn't need any more than what Chavez provided with
his prodigious poke. Mark Mulder was masterful for six innings, Oakland's
beleaguered bullpen threw three shutout innings, and a 9-1 drubbing evened the
series as it heads to Minnesota for Game 3 on Friday.
But to a man, the A's agreed that the sense that they did need more
was a huge help in maintaining their intensity throughout.
"I don't want to say we let up Tuesday," said outfielder Terrence Long, "but
we didn't finish them off, either."
As Tejada pointed out, the A's led 3-0 after the first inning Tuesday. They
led 5-1 after the second. Then the offense dried up, the pitching broke down and
the Twins came back to win, 7-5. The glaring number on the stat sheet: 12, for
men left on base. Through the first few innings, Wednesday had a familiar feel
for the A's. More >
|Oakland Athletics 9, Minnesota Twins 1|
|Minnesota|| AB|| R|| H|| RBI|| BB||SO||LOB||AVG|
a-Grounded out for Cuddyer in the 7th.
2B: Mohr (1, Bradford).
HR: Guzman (1, 6th inning off Mulder, 0 on, 0 out).
RBI: Guzman (1).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: LeCroy.
GIDP: Jones, LeCroy.
Team LOB: 7.
E: Jones (1, fielding).
|Oakland|| AB|| R|| H|| RBI|| BB||SO||LOB||AVG|
a-Struck out for Hatteberg in the 7th.
2B: Hatteberg (1, Mays), Dye (1, Mays), Tejada (1, Mays), Ellis (2, Fiore), Durham (3, Fiore).
3B: Justice (1, Fiore).
HR: Chavez (1, 1st inning off Mays, 2 on, 1 out).
RBI: Chavez 3 (5), Tejada (1), Justice 3 (4), Ellis (1), Hatteberg (2).
2-out RBI: Tejada, Justice 3, Ellis.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hatteberg, Long 3, Dye.
Team LOB: 9.
DP: 2 (Tejada-Hatteberg, Ellis-Mabry).
|Minnesota|| IP|| H|| R|| ER|| BB||SO||HR||ERA|
|Mays (L, 0-1)
|Oakland|| IP|| H|| R|| ER|| BB||SO||HR||ERA|
|Mulder (W, 1-0)
IBB: Chavez (by Mays).
HBP: Durham (by Mays), Koskie (by Bradford).
Pitches-strikes: Mays 86-51, Fiore 38-19, Lohse 26-17, Hawkins 15-9, Mulder 90-57, Bradford 33-21, Koch 10-8.
Ground outs-fly outs: Mays 5-5, Fiore 2-2, Lohse 0-4, Hawkins 1-0, Mulder 10-5, Bradford 5-0, Koch 0-2.
Batters faced: Mays 22, Fiore 10, Lohse 7, Hawkins 3, Mulder 24, Bradford 7, Koch 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Fiore 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Chuck Meriwether. 1B: Alfonso Marquez. 2B: Derryl Cousins. 3B: Joe West. LF: Laz Diaz. RF: Gerry Davis.
Weather: 75 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 17 mph, L to R.
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