Sometimes, all it takes is one. The Oakland A's (22-28) went into the 9th up by 2 runs against a the Minnesota Twins (17-32) and were hoping to finally end their 6 game losing streak. That was until Josh Willingham stepped up to the dish with 2 on and 2 out and bashed a 3 run job over the fence to win the game -- walk off style. The Twins celebrated by giving him a Gatorade bath during the post game interview.
''You want to be in that situation whether you get a hit or not,'' said Willingham. ''Fortunately I was able to get a hit tonight. I've been on the other end several times as well.'' The beast shot was his 5th career walk-off.
Cole DeVries was a little amped up for his first home start but fared well, going 5 innings allowing 0 ER on 2 hits. He did, however give 5 free passes which jacked up hit pitch count to 92 over the 5 innings but, non-the-less, it was a solid outing for the rookie.
The Twins wrap up the Oakland series today at 12:10 with Francisco Liriano (0-5, 8.47) getting the game ball after a brief stint in the bullpen. Does he deserve it? I don't think so, but Gardy says he's tired of moving guys around and that Liriano is a starter and should be in the rotation.
The A's are throwing Tyson Ross (2-5, 5.79) so I wouldn't look for it to be a pitcher's duel. Let's just hope the Twins can get their bats going early this time instead of waiting for 9th inning heroics.