A's complete sweep behind another offensive outburst
April 10, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
OAKLAND PRESS RELEASE
MINNEAPOLIS -- Just as pesky as they are powerful, Oakland's offense ruled the day again Thursday at Target Field, hitting around yet another Twins starter in a 6-1, series-sweeping win over Minnesota.
The A's plated 21 runs in the three-game set, including 16 off Twins starters, and homered four times, including twice in the matinee finale. They've won nine straight games against Minnesota, outscoring the Twins, 86-27, in that time.
Josh Donaldson collected his first homer of the season in the third, a two-run shot off right-hander Mike Pelfrey that broke a 1-1 tie, and added an RBI single to his day in the sixth. The A's got another two-run homer in the fourth, this time from Sam Fuld, who had two hits total on the eve of Craig Gentry's return.
Fuld, out of options, could be taken off the A's roster when that happens. But if Oakland really doesn't want to lose the versatile outfielder -- despite already employing a player with a similar skill set in Gentry -- the club may opt to either designate Daric Barton for assignment or option Josh Reddick to Triple-A.
The struggling Reddick received a mental day off Thursday, while Brandon Moss started in right field. Barton got the nod at first base and drove in the A's first run of the day in the second, following hits from Yoenis Cespedes and Alberto Callaspo.
Callaspo finished with two hits, giving him four multihit games in five tries.
Starter Dan Straily was superb, his only mistake coming on his sixth pitch of the day, a first-pitch fastball to Brian Dozier that landed in the left-field stands. Straily allowed just two other hits in seven total innings of work, walking two and fanning five en route to picking up his first win of the year.
Pelfrey went five-plus innings for Minnesota and was charged with all six of Oakland's runs. The A's drew four walks from the right-hander and 13 overall in the series. Seven of them resulted in runs.