A’s fall to Twins in 12th inning

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Oakland – The A’s got off to a “hot” start when Ramon Laureano hit a three-run homer early in the game.  But the Minnesota Twins rallied back to tie the game and forced extra innings.  With both teams in jeopardy of snapping their winning streak it came down to the twelfth frame.

The Twins who have yet to lose three games in a row, kept their losing streak to two when they scored their insurance run in the 12th inning to take the 4-3 win over Oakland. First day off the injured list, Blake Treinen gave up back-to-back walks and a RBI single to secure their win.

But the A’s were close to breaking Minnesota’s historic three-game losing streak in the 10th.  Blake Parker walked both Matt chapman and Matt Olson.  Khris Davis grounded into a force out, moving Chapman to third.  Mark Canha reached first on a fielder’s choice, and Chapman took off to score the winning run.

“It felt like it was really close,” Chapman said.  “I know the throw beat me.  One of those bang-bang plays, could go either way.  I don’t know if the video was anything conclusive to overturn it, especially when it’s going to end the game.  But we had other opportunities to win that game.”

Chapman looked like he got his foot on the plate ahead of the tag.  The call was that Chapman was out and Oakland challenged the play.  After further review, the call was upheld.  After Canha grounded to third baseman Miguel Sano, he threw to catcher Mitch Garver for the out.  A’s manager Bob Melvin had his own thoughts after viewing the play on the video. 

“He was safe originally, I think he came off the bag after the original tag,” he explained.  “He’s trying to be aggressive, get into scoring position to win the game. He just came off the bag with his hand after that.”

Oakland hadn’t scored since Laureano’s home run in the second.  Davis reached first safely on a throwing error by first baseman C.J Cron.  Canha walked and Laureano cleared the bases with a three-run home run on a 2-1 pitch.  That put the A’s up 3-0. By the sixth Minnesota began their rally.

Jonathan Schoop led off the frame with a single and Max Kepler followed with a RBI single to get the Twins on the board.  In the seventh, both Luis Arraez and Ehire Adrianza singled.  Schoop hit into a fielder’s choice scoring in Arraez cutting the lead 3-2.  The tying run came in the eighth.

Joakim Soria gave up a solo home run to Jorge Polanco to tie the game 3-3.  The A’s bullpen got a lot of work tonight, and Melvin called on Treinen in the 12th to replace Lou Trivino.  Despite Treinen’s problem with walking players, Melvin felt confident he could be productive.

Treinen has issued 12 walks over his last 16 appearances.  He struck out Schoop, than gave up walks to both Byron Buxton and Kepler before Garver’s RBI.  Melvin said he told Treinen that, “If we get into a 12-inning game, I might have to use you.”

The Twins who remain in first place of the American League Central have held their position for 87 days this season.  Oakland has snapped their four-game losing streak and will look to finish strong before the first half of the season ends this weekend.

“If you want to be considered one of the best teams, you have to beat first-place teams,” Chapman said. 

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