W: McCarthy (4-5)
L: Pavano (6-8)
On a day where the A's fans thought we would see more trades than Ziegler to the Diamondbacks, the A's gave them something to be very happy about. A sixth run inning (seems to be the norm lately) sparked a 7-3 win over the Minnesota Twins. The A's take 2 of 3 and finish with a 5-2 homestand. Ryan Sweeney drove in two runs for the A's, who are 10-6 since the All-Star break and gained a game on the division leading Texas Rangers, who lost to Toronto earlier in the day.
Brandon McCarthy gave up two first inning runs, but found a grove after that. The only other run given up was a third inning home run by Jim Thome, 596th home run of his career as he looks to become only the eighth player in Major League history with 600 career home runs. McCarthy ended his day with six innings pitched. Giving up the three runs on eight hits, only two after the third inning, while striking out nine.
Carl Pavano pitched just four innings for the Twins. Giving up seven runs on nine hits, including a string of seven hits in a row after Scott Sizemore grounded out to start the third. The six run outburst was capped off by a RBI single by Cliff Pennington, who extended his hit streak to 13 straight games.
Coco Crisp went 2 for 3 with three stolen bases and a run batted in for the A's. Hideki Matsui continued his hot start to the second half with a sac fly in the fourth inning that would pretty much mark the end of Carl Pavano's day. Josh Willingham, who was talk of alot of trade rumors, went two for three with an RBI and a run.
Player of the Game: Brandon McCarthy: 6 inn, 8 hits, 3 runs, 9 strikeouts, 0 walks
The A's will start a nine game road trip tomorrow with a three game series with the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Trevor Cahill (9-9, 3.58 ERA) looks to pitch like he did Wednesday, 7.1 shutout innings in a 13-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. For Seattle, Blake Beavan (1-2, 3.04 ERA) will pitch in his fifth career game. He's coming off a 3-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox where he game up 3 runs in 6.1 innings.