Auctioneer: So, on the auction block today, we have 14 extra runs from the series. Who will start the bidding?
Dallas Braden: You've GOT to be kidding me.
After the A's put together 22 hits and 14 runs in their win on Monday night, and 18 hits and 16 runs on the board today, Dallas Braden probably feels a bit slighted. All it would have taken for the series sweep, and a win for a pitcher who fought hard for it, was a single run in last night's game. Instead, the A's have to settle for two out of three against the Twins, building an insurmountable lead in today's game to win the series.
Cahill got off to a rocky start; walking the leadoff man (who was later thrown out at second), and giving up a monster homerun to Justin Morneau. The A's were down 1-0 early, but Cahill would make sure the Twins wouldn't score again. He finished with the sparkling line of 7IP, 6H, 1R, 2BB, 4K; something very different from his last four starts. He also got the win as the starting pitcher; a rarity for the A's.
The A's offense immediately took Cahill off the hook for the first inning deficit. In the bottom of the first, Cabrera, Hairston, and Holliday hit back-to-back singles to drive in the tying run, and the team never looked back.
Cust walked to load the bases, Barton grounded out and was unable to score the runner from third, but Landon Powell walked to drive in the A's second run. Then it got fun. Rajai Davis tripled everybody home to make the score 5-1, and after Cahill shut the Twins down in the second, Hairston hit a 3-run homerun to knock out Glen Perkins. The A's weren't any nicer to the bullpen, as Holliday singled, Cust singled, Powell singled, Ellis singled, Kennedy singled, and Cabrera singled, bringing in 5 more runs, and giving the A's a 12-1 lead.
They did not let the Twins back in the game; and just for good measure, the A's put 4 more runs on the board. After Powell left with a sore leg, Kurt Suzuki drove in two more with a single. Rajai Davis picked up his fourth RBI with another single to bring the score to 15, and a tough error (probably should have been a hit) from Suzuki in the seventh plated the last run of the day.
Every A's player in the game, with the exception of Barton, recorded at least one hit; Hairston and Holliday had three.
So the A's win the series, and hopefully gain some offensive momentum going into what will be a tough roadtrip; four at Yankee Stadium and three at Fenway. We can hope for the best.
Remember the A's makeup game is tomorrow night; 4:05.