Brandon McCarthy vs Scott Baker Battle Sees Minnesota Fall 5-3
Oakland grabbed a 5-3 win over Minnesota on Sunday, as Brandon McCarthy was credited with a win at Target Field.
Oakland was an underdog by +127 and came through for bettors backing them. The game went UNDER the consensus closing total of 8.5.
Brandon McCarthy earned the victory for the Athletics, throwing 7 1/3 innings of work, striking out 5, walking 0, and allowing 9 hits and 2 earned runs. That effort was supported by 1 RBI from Josh Willingham in the win.
Minnesota's starting pitcher Scott Baker worked 5 innings, giving up 7 hits and 4 earned runs while striking out 5 in the loss. They got 3 hits from Justin Morneau in a losing cause.
Minnesota enjoyed an edge at the plate with a 10-9 advantage in hits.
The game was closed out by Brian Fuentes who got the final outs in the victory. He allowed 0 hits, 0 walks and fanned 1 batter to earn the save.
Next game, Oakland takes its act on the road to face Chicago looking for another win. For Minnesota, they head home to face Kansas City.