10/05/2002 5:05 pm ET
Game 4 game balls for Twins, A's
By Kent Schacht / MLB.com
MLB.com is awarding "game balls" -- or in this case Twinkies, as the lads from Minnesota are often referred, and Rollie Fingers, in honor of the A's swaggering, mustached forefathers -- for performances in this year's Division Series. Here's how you score it. Four Twinkies or Rollies and we might just see you in the World Series. If you get three, keep it up, the ALCS is not far away. Only two means your days in the postseason just might be numbered. One, you ask? Well, let's just say we're wondering how you got here.
Miguel Tejada: Homer put the A's up 2-0, but defensive blunder set the tone for the disasterous fourth inning and put the Twins ahead to stay.
Tim Hudson: Was cruising through three, but Twins batters' patience and A's miscues pulled it all apart. Maybe three-man rotation wasn't such a good idea.
Ted Lilly: Couldn't stop the bleeding and hasn't pitched well since July. He looked like he was pitching BP to the Twins. Why does Howe keep going to this guy?
Eric Milton: Knee problem? Hadn't won since August? This guy pitched like an ace, despite falling behind early.
Doug Mientkiewicz: Went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, including a home run. Passionate speech before Game 4 fired up his teammates -- a leader on and off the field.
Metrodome: Now we remember why the Twins won the Series in 1987 and 1991. This dome definitely got into the A's domes today.