ne 7: Oakland 7, Toronto 3
Jimmy Key got ambushed by a forceful Oakland lineup and some bad fielding behind him. Home Run baker sprinted to his league-leading 12th triple. More like Triple Baker, am I right?
Tim Hudson suddenly lost his command in the sixth and walked four before Dennis Eckersley came in to calm things down.
R H BB TOR 100 002 000 - 3 5 8 OAK 031 003 00x - 7 13 3 HR: none starters IP R ER HR BB SO J. Key 5.1 7 5 0 1 3 T. Hudson 5.1 3 3 0 6 2 TOR 28-30, OAK 30-28
June 8: Toronto 6, Oakland 2
Juan Guzman vs. Chief Bender. No way Oakland screws that up, right? Wrong. Guzman hushed the Oakland offense for eight innings while his teammates slapped Bender around for a ton of singles, four stolen bases, and a Lloyd Moseby triple.
Rickey Henderson was 3-for-5 with a double and two stolen bases but scored no runs. Toronto left fielder Shawn Green stunned Henderson with a laser throw to home that cut Rickey down as he tried to score on a sac fly in the first inning, and Gregg Zaun nailed him at second on his third steal attempt.
R H BB TOR 100 021 020 - 6 14 1 OAK 000 110 000 - 2 7 5 HR: J. Giambi (10) starters IP R ER HR BB SO J. Guzman 8.0 2 2 1 5 5 C. Bender 7.0 5 5 0 0 5 TOR 29-30, OAK 30-29
June 9: Toronto 7, Oakland 5
Barry Zito muted the Toronto batsmen for six innings while Doyle Alexander managed to at least keep the score close. After Zito tired in the seventh, Toronto ate the Oakland bullpen for dinner. Eckersley gave up a couple of runs in 1.2 innings, poor Justin Duchscherer came into a tied game in the top of the ninth, faced three batters, and they all came home on a Jose Bautista dong. Eddie Rommel took care of the last three outs but gave up a run too. Duchscherer was counted on to be the second best arm in a shallow Oakland ‘pen, but is currently sporting an 8.55 ERA.
Shannon Stewart was 3-for-4 with a walk and two doubles, Roberto Alomar was 3-for-3 with two walks, a double, and two stolen bases, and Al Simmons was 3-for-4 with a dinger.
Toronto is now 8-7 against Original Division teams, better than their 22-23 record against what should be easier competition in their own Expansion Division. They finished this series tied for first in the Expansion with Texas.
Oakland has won just three of their last 15 and have slid down to a .500 record after a promising start to the year.
R H BB TOR 000 000 124 - 7 12 9 OAK 100 100 111 - 5 10 2 HR: J. Bautista (11), A. Simmons (10) starters IP R ER HR BB SO D. Alexander 7.0 3 2 1 2 1 B. Zito 6.1 1 1 0 8 6 TOR 30-30, OAK 30-30