Offensive outburst powers A's past Twins
When Oakland pitching coach Curt Young ran to the mound after five pitches to tinker with Trevor Cahill's mechanics, it looked as if it could be a rough day for the Athletics.
When Cahill had to go down to the bullpen just one inning later to stay loose during a seven-run inning for Oakland's offense, the game had already been decided.
Rajai Davis drove in four runs, Scott Hairston hit a three-run homer and the A's jumped all over Minnesota starter Glen Perkins to beat the Twins 16-1 Wednesday in their highest scoring game in nearly two years.
The A's scored five runs in the first and seven in the second - just the second time in Oakland history they opened a game with back-to-back innings of five runs or more. With all of that hitting, Cahill needed to head to the bullpen in the bottom of the second just to stay loose.
"That's a good sign for the offense," Davis said. "We were able to get out there and score some runs which we have been able to do lately."