If you were wondering what the Oakland A’s could do on Wednesday to top the excitement of yesterday’s doubleheader shutout sweep, you got your answer.
The A’s cranked their win streak up to 11 with a victory over the Minnesota Twins to complete a sweep in their series at the Coliseum, but that doesn’t even begin to describe what we just watched. The two clubs pounded each other’s pitching staffs for more than four hours, in a 10-inning thriller that featured seven lead changes and seven homers and resulted in a 13-12 final score, ending in a walk-off two-run error.
Settle in, this could take a while to explain.
After last night’s quiet 1-0 finale, both teams came out swinging this afternoon, and they each had answers for everything they threw at each other. Through five innings they’d slugged three homers apiece, they’d both scored a run on a wild pitch, and the tally was knotted 7-7, with both starting pitchers long gone.
From there the Twins rallied for three more in the top of the 6th, and the A’s came back in the bottom half. Oakland’s response rally fell a run short, but they got it back in the 9th to force extras.
The 10th inning saw both team’s closers come out for a second frame of work, protecting against the automatic runner on second base, and it didn’t go well for either hurler. The A’s allowed a two-run homer, and then the Twins blinked even harder, walking the bases loaded and then committing two errors on routine, potential game-ending grounders to effectively hand the game to Oakland. The green-and-gold didn’t even notch a hit in their winning three-unearned-run rally, but it counts all the same.
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