Twins Post-Game Notes, July 13 vs. Oakland Athletics 14 Jul 12

OAKLAND ATHLETICS (44-43) at MINNESOTA TWINS (36-50)

FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2012 – TARGET FIELD – MINNEAPOLIS, MN

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FINAL

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Oakland Athletics

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6

8

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Minnesota Twins
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9
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WINNING PITCHER: Griffin (1-0, 2.63)

LOSING PITCHER:  Liriano (3-8, 4.93)

SAVE: Cook (9)

 

 

 

FIRST PITCH: 7:20 pm              GAME TIME TEMP:  68, winds from E-SE at 5 mph            TIME OF GAME:  2:44                     ATTENDANCE:  33,230

 

HOME RUNS:  Willingham (20, off Griffin, second inning, no one on, no one out, 0-1 pitch, 415 feet to left-center field)

Gomes (9, off Liriano, fourth inning, three on, one out, 0-0 pitch, 388 feet to left field)

Willingham (21, off Griffin, fourth inning, one on, no one out, 0-0 pitch, 404 feet to left field)

 

NEXT GAME:

Minnesota Twins vs. Oakland Athletics

Saturday, July 14 – 6:10 pm (CT)

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Cole De Vries (R, 2-1, 3.00)

vs.

Tommy Milone (L, 8-6, 3.57)

 

PITCHING LINES:

OAKLAND

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A.J. Griffin (W)

6.0

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95/68

Sean Doolittle

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31/20

Grant Balfour

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8/5

Ryan Cook (S)

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14/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MINNESOTA

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Francisco Liriano (L)

8.0

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15

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112/75

Alex Burnett

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19/12

Casey Fien

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3/3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATHLETICS NOTES:

·   The A’s have won seven of their last eight games and are now over .500 for the first time since May 21, when they were 22-21…Oakland is now 22-13 over their last 34 games dating back to June 2.

·   A.J. Griffin made his first career appearance vs. the Twins tonight…this was his first Major League win…1-0, 2.63 (24.0 ip, 7 er) with 17 hits, four home runs and 16 strikeouts in four starts for the A’s.

·   Jonny Gomes hit his third career grand slam and first since August 7, 2007 at Det…it was the third grand slam this season by the A’s and first by a player other than Brandon Inge.

·   Gomes had a season-high five rbi in the game tonight…his career-high is six, done on June 12, 2010 vs. K.C.

·   Jemile Weeks tied his season-high with two hits in the game, now done 20 times this season…he has hit safely in all seven career games vs. the Twins and he has hit safely in five consecutive games overall.

·   This was the 22nd time in A’s history that they have struck out 16-or-more times in a game (6-16 record) and first since June 22, 2011 at NYM.

·   Ryan Cook has now converted nine or 12 save opportunities this season and has allowed a run in just two of his 39 appearances this season.

·   The A’s are now 33-24 when they homer in the game…they have hit at least one home run in 18 of their last 19 games.

 

TWINS NOTES: ­

·   The Twins Twins allowed a grand slam for the fourth time this season and first since June 1 at Cle. (Kipnis)…they have lost three straight games.

·   Francisco Liriano struck out a career-high 15 batters in the game…the 15 strikeouts is tied for the second most in Twins history (Bert Blyleven – 1986, Joe Decker – 1973, Jerry Koosman – 1980 and Camilo Pascual – 1961) behind Johan Santana’s 17 in 2007…it ties the Major League high in strikeouts this season (Chris Sale and Max Scherzer).

·   The last Major League pitcher to strike out at least 15 batters and still lose the game was Cliff Lee, when he struck out 16 in a loss vs. Atlanta on May 6, 2011…according to Stats Pass, it was the 23rd time since 1961 that a pitcher had 15-or-more strikeouts in a game and lost.

·   Liriano struck out 10-or-more batters in a game for the 10th time in his career and first since August 1, 2010 vs. Sea…it was the first time a Twins’ pitcher has struck out 10-or-more batters in a game since June 18, 2011 when Scott Baker struck out 10 Padres in a 1-0 Twins win…in fact, Liriano has six of the Twins last 12 games of 10-or-more strikeouts dating back to the 2008 season.

·   Liriano has 24 strikeouts in 14.0 innings pitched (2 starts) vs. Oakland this season.

·   Trevor Plouffe extended his hitting streak to a career-high 11 straight games, batting .318 (14-for-44) in that span.

·   Josh Willingham hit his 20th and 21st home runs of the year tonight…this was the fifth time in his seven full big-league seasons that Willingham has hit 20-or-more home runs in a season…this his 82nd game played, making it the fewest number of games played before reaching 20 home runs (2006: 112 games, 2007: 122 games, 2009: 101 games, 2011: 96 games).

·   Willingham hit two home runs