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Oakland Athletics Series Recap: A's Sweep Angels, Swept By Twins

The Oakland Athletics completed a pair of two games series this week that saw them take two from the Los Angeles Angels and lose two to the Minnesota Twins. After sweeping the Angels the A’s climbed into a first place tie with the Texas Rangers. However, two losses to the Twins leaves Oakland looking at a two game deficit behind Texas.

The high point of the week came on Tuesday when Gio Gonzalez threw seven innings of one hit ball and the offense put 14 runs on the board. It was a virtually perfect performance from the batters and pitchers and propelled the A’s into first place.

The low point of the week came two days later as Thursday’s loss to Minnesota was their worst pitching performance in quite some time and saw the A’s lose starter Tyson Ross with a left oblique strain. The A’s dropped back to .500 with the loss. They’ll head across the Bay to face the San Francisco Giants in their first interleague series of the 2011 season.

Mon, May 16: A’s 5 – Angels 4 (F/10)
WP: Grant Balfour (3-1)
LP: Fernando Rodney (2-20

Tues, May 17: A’s 14 – Angels 0
WP: Gio Gonzalez (5-2)
LP: Tyler Chatwood (2-2)

Wed, May 18: Twins 4 – A’s 3 (F/10)
WP: Joe Nathan (1-1)
LP: Brian Fuentes (1-4)
Sv: Matt Capps (7)

Thurs, May 19: Twins 11 – A’s 1
WP: Nick Blackburn (3-4)
LP: Tyson Ross (3-3)