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Casilla, Morneau help Twins stymie Athletics

Sep 1, 2008 - 12:53 AM By Michael Duca PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- This was a win the Minnesota Twins desperately needed.

After twice squandering opportunities to pass the Chicago White Sox with walk-off losses to the Oakland A's this weekend, the Twins salvaged a series split as Alexi Casilla and Justin Morneau homered in a 12-4 win over the Athletics.

The Twins (77-60) remained one-half game behind the White Sox (77-59) in the AL Central and gained a game on Boston (79-57) in the chase for the wild card. The Twins are now 5-6 on their season-long 14-game road trip.

"We've still got some travel after this trip," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We complain about this trip, but you can't get any tougher travel than these teams out in the West have. We're going to try to keep our whining down and get through it."

Justin Morneau opened the scoring in the first inning after singling home Nick Punto and Minnesota added two more in the second inning after Casilla homered off losing pitcher Greg Smith (6-14).

"I've been struggling a little lately, and (Saturday) I was too aggressive," Casilla said. "I just wanted to make a good swing at a good pitch today."

Oakland cut into the deficit after Jack Hannahan's opposite-field line drive spun away from left fielder Delmon Young, allowing Daric Barton to score from first. Hannahan was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple.

Smith and winning pitcher Scott Baker (8-4) kept the game under control until the sixth inning, when Smith and reliever Keith Foulke threw 52 pitches as the Twins broke the game open.

"It was a little rough early," Smith said. "But then I settled in and made some pitches, until the sixth inning, when I didn't make any pitches."

Morneau highlighted a five-run sixth by depositing a three-run homer to the stairway in deep right field at McAfee Coliseum.

The home run made Morneau the ninth Minnesota player to reach 500 RBI in a Twins uniform.

"I'm becoming more of a souvenir guy - I have my first hit," Morneau said, "but not my first RBI. Right now, it doesn't mean as much, but when I get done playing I'll be glad I have things like (the ball)."

Jason Kubel doubled and Young walked before Smith yielded the mound to Foulke, who allowed an RBI double and a sacrifice fly before ending the five-run inning. Smith threw five-plus innings and allowed eight runs on seven hits and three walks, striking out four.

"I felt like I was throwing strikes," Smith said, "but I had three walks and two came after the infield hit in the sixth, so that compounded everything."

Aaron Cunningham, the fifth player acquired by Oakland in the Dan Haren deal with Arizona, made his Oakland debut and earned his first major league hit with a ground rule double off Dennys Reyes in the seventh.

The Twins kept adding on, with several late unearned runs, while Oakland touched up Eddie Guardado for three late runs on four hits and a walk.

Baker pitched six innings, allowing one earned run on six hits, walking one and striking out four.

"It was a big win today," Baker said. "We needed to salvage the series, and it feels good with a cross-country flight ahead of us."








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    MINNESOTA 1 2 0 0 0 5 0 2 2 12 10 0
    OAKLAND 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 4 11 2 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: MIN - SCOTT BAKER, DENNYS REYES (7TH), EDDIE GUARDADO (8TH), BOOF
    BONSER (8TH) AND MIKE REDMOND
    OAK - GREG SMITH, KEITH FOULKE (6TH), JERRY BLEVINS
    (7TH), ALAN EMB

    Aug 31 7:20 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY ALEXI CASILLA SCORED MIKE REDMOND.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B BUSCHER ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 12
    OAKLAND 4 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: D SPAN (.303, 0-FOR-3, BB, SF, RBI)

    Twins 12, Athletics 4  Top 9, 0 OutsAug 31 7:12 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY BRIAN BUSCHER SCORED DELMON YOUNG.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B BUSCHER ON SECOND, M REDMOND ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 11
    OAKLAND 4 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: A CASILLA (.300, 2-FOR-4, HR, 2 RBI)

    Twins 11, Athletics 4  Top 9, 0 OutsAug 31 7:12 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY AARON CUNNINGHAM SCORED CLIFF PENNINGTON AND JACK
    CUST.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, A CUNNINGHAM ON FIRST, D BARTON ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 10
    OAKLAND 4 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: E PATTERSON (.186, 0-FOR-3)

    Twins 10, Athletics 4  Bot 8, 0 OutsAug 31 7:02 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO DARIC BARTON SCORED RYAN SWEENEY.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D BARTON ON FIRST, J CUST ON SECOND, C
    PENNINGTON ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 10
    OAKLAND 2 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: J HANNAHAN (.221, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Twins 10, Athletics 2  Bot 8, 0 OutsAug 31 6:59 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY DARIC BARTON ALLOWED ALEXI CASILLA AND DENARD SPAN
    TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J MORNEAU ON FIRST, A EVERETT ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 10
    OAKLAND 1 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: C GOMEZ (.254, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Twins 10, Athletics 1  Top 8, 0 OutsAug 31 6:45 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY DENARD SPAN SCORED DELMON YOUNG.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, B BUSCHER ON FIRST, M REDMOND ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 8
    OAKLAND 1 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: N PUNTO (.290, 2-FOR-3)

    Twins 8, Athletics 1  Top 6, 0 OutsAug 31 6:03 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MIKE REDMOND SCORED CARLOS GOMEZ.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, M REDMOND ON SECOND, D YOUNG ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 7
    OAKLAND 1 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: B BUSCHER (.310, 1-FOR-2)

    Twins 7, Athletics 1  Top 6, 0 OutsAug 31 5:53 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY JUSTIN MORNEAU (21) TO RIGHT WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 6TH OFF GREG SMITH SCORED NICK PUNTO AND JOE MAUER.
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 6, OAKLAND 1
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: J KUBEL (.276, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Twins 6, Athletics 1  Top 6, 0 OutsAug 31 5:44 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JACK HANNAHAN SCORED DARIC BARTON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 3
    OAKLAND 1 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: A CUNNINGHAM (.000, 0-FOR-1)

    Twins 3, Athletics 1  Bot 4, 0 OutsAug 31 5:20 PM
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    roots
    McTool Added 5 roots

    Twins 3, Athletics 0  Bot 2, 0 OutsAug 31 4:43 PM


  • AL
    AT OAKLAND - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY ALEXI CASILLA (6) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF GREG SMITH SCORED BRIAN BUSCHER.
    CURRENT SCORE: MINNESOTA 3, OAKLAND 0
    DUE UP FOR MINNESOTA: D SPAN (.305, 0-FOR-1)

    Twins 3, Athletics 0  Top 2, 0 OutsAug 31 4:33 PM


  • AL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    MINNESOTA 1 1 2 0
    OAKLAND 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: MIN - SCOTT BAKER
    OAK - GREG SMITH

    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: R DAVIS (.261, 2 HR, 11 RBI)
    R SWEENEY (.287, 4 HR, 37 RBI)
    B CROSBY (.250, 7 HR, 55 RBI)

    Twins 1, Athletics 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 31 4:15 PM