Four Run Fifth Inning Sparks A's 8-3 Win
W: Moscoso (4-5)
L: Blackburn (7-8)
Scott Sizemore's three run double with one out in the fifth inning blew the game open for the Oakland A's. And they didn't look back. The A's pounded Nick Blackburn for seven runs in four and a third innings on their way to an 8-3 victory at O.co Coliseum Saturday night infront of 19,605 fans during the A's annual Beerfest.
The double for Sizemore was his only hit of the ball game after Blackburn intentionally walked Cliff Pennington.
Minnesota got a quick 2-1 lead in the second inning when Jim Thome scored on a Delmon Young single. That would be the final run given up in the ballgame for A's starter Guillermo Moscoso, who lasted 6 and a thirds innings while giving up two runs on seven hits. Brad Ziegler closed out the seventh inning with a strikeout in a rebound game from the bullpen implosion against the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday. After Grant Balfour pitched a perfect eighth inning, Andrew Bailey closed the game in the ninth inning, where the Twins would score their third run after a Pennington error. The eight runs scores were the most in a Moscoso started game this season.
Hideki Matsui has two singles and reached base five times for the A's, who snapped a three game losing streak to the Twins. Matsui is batting a major league best .473 since the All-Star break. The A's have scored 5 runs or more in eight of their last 10 ballgames. Connor Jackson also went 3 for 4 in the ballgame. Jemile Weeks added an RBI triple that would give the A's a lead they would not surrender.
Thome went 2 for 4 with an RBI for the Twins, who failed to gain ground on the Detroit Tigers, who also lost today to the Los Angeles Angels.
Player of the Game: Scott Sizemore: 1 for 3, 2B, 3 RBI
Cliff Pennington extended his hit streak to 12 games with a double in the second inning of Blackburn.
David DeJesus was taken out of the ballgame with with right thumb soreness in the bottom of the third. No word on weither he will play tomorrow.
Min: Carl Pavano (6-7, 4.60 ERA)
Oak: Brandon McCarthy (3-5, 3.52 ERA)
A's look to take two of three from the Twins and end the homestand with a 5-2 mark. Clearly the best baseball we have seen from the A's all season.