Oakland 3, Minnesota 2
Preview - Box Score - Recap

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  Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 1
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 10 2
WP: K. Saarloos (1-0) S: B. Ziegler (3)
LP: N. Blackburn (9-7)
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  Box Score Play by Play
Scoring Summary
Top 1st: Oakland
- M. Ellis homered to deep left
Top 4th: Oakland
- K. Suzuki singled to center, J. Cust and F. Thomas scored
Bot 8th: Minnesota
- J. Mauer tripled to deep left, D. Span scored, J. Mauer scored on left fielder E. Patterson's throwing error
 Oakland
  AB R H RBI BB K LOB Season Avg 
M. Ellis 2b 3 1 1 1 1 0 0 .233
E. Patterson lf 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 .130
B. Crosby ss 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .248
F. Thomas dh 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 .241
J. Cust rf 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 .233
    R. Davis cf 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .248
K. Suzuki c 3 0 1 2 1 0 1 .290
C. Gonzalez cf-rf 4 0 0 0 0 0 5 .258
J. Hannahan 3b 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 .221
D. Barton 1b 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .209
 Totals 33 3 7 3 3 3 17  
 Batting
2B - J Cust (12, N Blackburn).
HR - M Ellis (12, 1st inning off N Blackburn 0 on, 0 Out).
RBI - M Ellis (41), K Suzuki 2 (35).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - B Crosby 1, D Barton 1, C Gonzalez 1.
GIDP - C Gonzalez, F Thomas.
Team LOB - 6.
 Base Running
SB - R Davis (15, 2nd base off J Crain/J Mauer).
 
 Fielding
E - E Patterson (1, throw).
DP - 2 (J Hannahan-M Ellis-D Barton, M Ellis-B Crosby-D Barton).
 Minnesota
  AB R H RBI BB K LOB Season Avg 
D. Span cf 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 .319
N. Punto 2b 4 0 1 0 0 2 2 .271
J. Mauer c 4 1 3 1 0 1 1 .325
J. Morneau 1b 4 0 1 0 0 0 4 .305
J. Kubel rf 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .278
D. Young lf 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .288
B. Buscher 3b 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .302
R. Ruiz dh 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 .360
    M. Lamb ph 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .236
    C. Gomez pr 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250
A. Everett ss 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .211
    B. Harris ss 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 .264
 Totals 35 2 10 1 1 9 14  
 Batting
2B - R Ruiz (2, H Street).
3B - J Mauer (2, B Ziegler).
RBI - J Mauer (60).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - J Morneau 1, B Harris 2.
GIDP - J Morneau, J Kubel.
Team LOB - 7.
 Fielding
E - A Everett (7, throw); D Young (8, bobble).
DP - 2 (A Everett-N Punto-J Morneau, N Punto-B Harris-J Morneau).
 Oakland
  IP H R ER BB K HR Season ERA 
J. Duchscherer 2.2 3 0 0 0 3 0 2.54
K. Saarloos (W, 1-0) 3.2 3 0 0 0 3 0 1.59
A. Embree (H, 17) 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 5.01
H. Street (H, 1) 0.1 2 1 1 0 0 0 4.53
B. Ziegler (S, 3) 2.0 2 1 1 1 2 0 0.43
 Minnesota
  IP H R ER BB K HR Season ERA 
N. Blackburn (L, 9-7) 8.0 6 3 3 2 2 1 3.71
J. Crain 0.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 3.60
C. Breslow 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.41
Pitches-strikes - J Duchscherer 37-24; K Saarloos 41-30; A Embree 11-8; H Street 8-6; B Ziegler 31-18; N Blackburn 99-66; J Crain 12-6; C Breslow 13-9.
Ground balls-fly balls - J Duchscherer 3-2; K Saarloos 5-3; A Embree 0-0; H Street 0-1; B Ziegler 3-1; N Blackburn 14-8; J Crain 0-0; C Breslow 1-1.
Batters faced - J Duchscherer 11; K Saarloos 13; A Embree 1; H Street 3; B Ziegler 8; N Blackburn 31; J Crain 2; C Breslow 3.
Game Details
Umpires: HP--Phil Cuzzi. 1B--Jerry Layne. 2B--Brian Knight. 3B--Rob Drake.
Time: 2:42.
Attendance: 25,024.
Weather: INDOORS
Game Notes
THE HOME RUN BY OAKLAND'S MARK ELLIS LED OFF THE GAME.
OAKLAND PITCHER JUSTIN DUCHSCHERER LEFT THE GAME IN THE THIRD INNING WITH A STRAINED RIGHT HIP.
MINNESOTA SHORTSTOP ADAM EVERETT LEFT THE GAME IN THE TOP OF THE SEVENTH INNING WITH A BRUISED RIGHT HAND.

Updated on Monday, Aug 18, 2008 11:03 pm ET

 
 Top Batters
 Oakland
M. Ellis Mark Ellis
1-3, 1 HR
1 RBI
 Minnesota
J. Mauer Joe Mauer
3-4
1 RBI