Sometimes you win a game in heroic comeback mode and sometimes your opponent gives you a gift of blunders more often seen in Little League than in the big leagues.
The Oakland Athletics extended their winning streak to 11 in a row – tied for their longest winning streak since their franchise record 20 games in 2002 – with a wild 13-12 win over the Minnesota Twins in 10 innings .
After Byron Buxton’s two-run homerun in the top of the 10th gave the Twins a 12-10 lead, the A’s rallied for three unearned runs without the benefit of a hit, as the Twins committed field errors on consecutive hitters with two outs. allow Oakland’s unlikely victory.
The twins get closer Alex Colome got the first two hitters in 10th with the automatic runner at second, but then walked Seth Brown and lightweight hitter Elvis Andrus (hitting .143) to charge the bases. Mark Canha hit a routine grounder to the left of second baseman Travis Blankenhorn, who rocked the ball to allow a run to score and keep the goals loaded. Blankenhorn, who had entered the game as a pinch runner for Josh Donaldson at the top of the inning, was playing his first round of 2021 and just the second game of his major-league career.
Ramon Laureano fouled three shots from two Colome strikes before hitting third baseman Luis Arraez, who had just passed second base in place of Donaldson. Arraez airlifted his throw to first base, allowing two runs to score. It was only Arraez’s second career pitching mistake and his first in 28 games at third base.
“The way the first two games went and neither team could hold off either, it was almost like it was going to end until the last at bat anyway.” , A manager Bob Melvin said. “And then you know what? You put a ball in play. At that point it’s not about walks and strikeouts and all that. Put it in play and something good can happen. “
The As started the season 0-6 – ranking 50-13 in the process – and have now become the first team to start 0-6 and then win 11 in a row at any point in the season. All in their first 19 games.
“We’re doing some good things right now, so there’s an attitude of never saying die anyway, but when you’re playing like we are and you’re pretty opportunistic, and whatever happens over the course. of a game, you I feel pretty good, “said Melvin.” We never felt like we were out of the game, even though we didn’t feel like we couldn’t get them. stop offensively. “
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli felt he needed more speed on goal to start the 10th, which is why he had Blankenhorn run for Donaldson.
“In the extra innings, if you can’t find a way to put a point on the board, you’re going to end up losing a lot of those games. Doing everything possible to put that first point on the board is, I think, essential in finding ways to win these games, “said Baldelli.
The Twins battled a COVID-19 outbreak that forced them to cancel games on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, then were left out in both matches of a double title on Tuesday.
“It’s been a hell of a trip, and not in a good way,” said Baldelli. “Today was a game where we find ways not to win games, even games we should win. What we saw today is something we haven’t seen a ton of our group and I stand in front and take responsibility for it all. It was a very difficult day. “
Oakland’s victory spoiled what should have been a signing game for Buxton, who went 3-for-6 with the home run, a brace and a dramatic take in the outfield.