Nunez finished the day 1-for-4 with a single, a run scored, an RBI and a stolen base, becoming the first Twin to steal at least 20 bases before the All-Star break since Carlos Gomez swiped 21 in 2008.
The Athletics look to regain some ground in the chase for an AL wild card spot before the all-star break as they continue their series at Target Field against the Twins who have been terrible this season but are in the way up with the way they have played recently.
“One of the things that happened today that I hadn’t been able to do, I was able to get that last out and shut it down”, Gray said.
“It just seemed like middle of the plate with some stuff”, Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Manaea. Stephen Vogt’s single drove in Valencia to tie the game, and Nolasco was removed for Taylor Rogers.
“If rain comes, we’ll be sitting here”, Melvin said. He lost his command briefly in the fourth, missing the strike zone with nine of 10 pitches after Joe Mauer’s leadoff single. The two walks he issued cost him the game’s first run when the A’s failed to turn a double play on rookie Max Kepler’s grounder. That was the only Twins run off Graveman in 62/3 innings.
In the seventh, Ryan Dull continued his remarkable streak of effectiveness, getting Nunez to bounce into an inning-ending force play with two on, thanks to shortstop Marcus Semien’s nifty pick and flip. Opponents have one hit in 47 at-bats with runners in scoring position against boring this year.
“That’s a tough play because you’re coming off the bag and the ball is like a changeup because it got in on [Butler’s] fists a little bit”, Molitor said. “I’d buy him a drink, but I don’t know that he’s old enough”.
“He comes in, bases loaded, men on first and second, it doesn’t matter. That’s a tribute to the confidence he has in himself, and a tribute to some of the guys in the bullpen who are helping him”.
“The heart gets going sometimes”, tiresome said. For starting pitchers, they’re the ones that are affected the most. “They got it in”.
The A’s did little against Santana (3-7), who retired the first 14 batters, then 12 of the last 13 on a warm, sunny afternoon. Two pitches later, Santana flied out to center, giving Madson his 16th save.
Danny Valencia hit a three-run homer in the eighth to bring the A’s within 7-4, but Sano hit his three-run shot in the bottom of the inning to seal it and help the Twins (28-55) move ahead of Atlanta (28-56) in the race for the worst record in the major leagues.
According to the Star Tribune’s LaVelle E. Neal, Texas – where the Twins open a weekend series tonight – is one team that has scouted him recently. The Twins didn’t place Escobar on the disabled list because they believe he will return in fewer than 15 days. In the seventh inning, Buxton made a sprinting grab of Jake Smolinski’s smashed line drive and collided with the fence around the same spot.
Melvin said Rodriguez will undergo a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test, likely Tuesday.