Last night, Michael Cuddyer was the victim of a game-ending call at the plate. Tonight his triple in the 10th inning put the Minnesota Twins on top before closer Joe Nathan worked a quick bottom half of the inning in a game that was, as expected, nothing at all like the one before it.
Dallas Braden had another one of those games where he's just good enough to skate by without giving up a bunch of runs but Anthony Swarzak was a bit better. Overall they both allowed a pair of runs in seven innings of work. The A's got theirs in the third courtesy of a ground out by Adam Kennedy, then Orlando Cabrera followed with a run-scoring single.
Braden's worst inning would follow right after as he failed to get the shutdown inning. With one out, he gave up a double, triple and sacrifice fly and things were evened up at 2-2. It looked like things would have been a little different if not for some trouble from Scott Hairston in center field as the triple bounced off the wall and skipped past him to go along with a couple weak throws.
Braden and Swarzak settled down after that before the bullpens took over. Matt Guerrier worked two scoreless innings for the visitors while Michael Wuertz and Andrew Bailey went an inning apiece for the A's. Bob Geren sent Bailey back out for the 10th and for his second outing in a row, he ran into trouble. Joe Mauer singled with one out and after Justin Morneau flied out Cuddyer came through with a shot to the right-center gap. Problem was, it sure looked like Ryan Sweeney should have made the catch, overrunning the ball as it came down. From there, Nathan finished it off.
The rubber game of the series is tomorrow, an afternoon start.