Wednesday, April 12, 2006

April 12, 2006: vs Minnesota Twins

The A's are hoping Loaiza's horrid first start are behind him as they take the mound today against the Twins. Here are the lineups:

2B Ellis
CF Kotsay
SS Crosby
3B Chavez
RF Bradley
DH Payton
LF Swisher
1B Johnson
C Melhuse

LF Stewart
2B Castillo
C Mauer
DH White, R
CF Hunter
1B Morneau
3B Batista
RF Kubel
SS Castro

Will update as the game progresses...

Bottom 3rd inning:
Well, looks like Loaiza has picked up right where he left off from his first start. He just gave up a big 3-run HR to Morneau after walking 2 batters in the inning. He followed that up by allowing a hit to Batista. His pitch count is already at 65.

Update: I missed the first 2 1/2 innings, looks like Swisher hit a double for 2 RBI and Melhuse followed up with a solid single RBI.

Top 4th inning:
Alrrrrrright! Swisher just tied up the game with a nice HR, his second of the season.
Although Silva has allowed 4 runs, same as Loaiza, he is throwing fewer pitches and also has 5 groundouts to Loaiza's 1.

Bottom 4th:
Joe Mauer just put the Twins ahead with a sacrifice fly. Dammit!

Bottom 5th:
I know it is only his second start of the season and I shouldn't lose patience, but Loaiza just gave up another HR, this time to Torii Hunter.
Loaiza now sports an 11.42 ERA and has given up 3 HR in just 8 2/3 innings pitched with only 1 strikeout. Oh, and he has a nice fat $21.375 million contract.
Update: Loaiza is out, Halsey is in.
Update: Halsey pitches a scoreless inning, but does give up a walk.

Top 6th:
Quick inning, but Swisher did hit a bullet of a HR, his 3rd and second tonight. The A's are still in this game......

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Calero took over from Halsey, didn't allow any runs.
Kennedy took over from Calero, gave up a single to Batista after striking out Morneau. Bottom of the 7th......

Game over. Once again, the Twins won by just 1 point, and once again a poor performance from Loaiza pretty much did the A's in. On the bright side, Swisher was 3 for 4, I believe, with 2 HR.

Tomorrow we will see if the A's can manage to leave Minnesota with some dignity. Hopefully Blanton can repeat his performance from last week.


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