A’s deal Twins’ playoff hopes anothe blow
For the last few years, the Minnesota
On Saturday, those things did the
Less than 24 hours after routing Minnesota with a season-high five home runs, the
Anderson (9-10) retired 18 of 24 batters, including the final eight he faced, and didn’t allow a walk for the fourth time this season to win his second-consecutive start.
“He was fantastic,” Oakland manager Bob Geren said. “He’s had a few really good outing this year. This is in the top two or three, that’s for sure.”
Oakland held Minnesota’s two best hitters –
“Any time you hold those guys to one hit, it limits their offense,” Anderson said. “So I feel pretty good about that.”
Pennington was the only one to drive in a run with a hit when his double in the second inning scored
Despite the relatively quiet day at the plate, the
“When we get on, we’re going to make things happen. We’re not going to stand around,” Pennington said.
For the second-straight game, a young Oakland pitcher rendered Minnesota’s lineup harmless.
“After we tie the game and we walk three to load the bases, that’s pretty much going to shoot you,”
Minnesota entered the game 5 1/2 games behind the slumping
“We’re just not playing very good,” Morneau said. “It’s hard to describe it. We’re just not scoring runs like we were. The frustrating part is that we know we have the guys to do it.”