GameChat – A’s @ Twin #2, 6:10 pm

I love good exciting baseball games but I’m hoping for a little less of the extremes tonight – last night wore me out.  Is it too much to ask for a nice start from Duensing, good fielding from the defense and some fantastic offense all to work together for a win without the head-banging dramatics?  Maybe…

Oakland @ Minnesota
Crisp, CF   Span, CF
Barton, D, 1B   Hudson, O, 2B
Suzuki, K, C   Mauer, C
Kouzmanoff, 3B   Kubel, RF
Ellis, M, 2B   Cuddyer, 1B
Davis, R, RF   Thome, DH
Cust, DH   Young, D, LF
Carter, LF   Valencia, 3B
Tolleson, SS   Casilla, A, SS
  Cahill, P     Duensing, P


  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Minnesota 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 x 2 8 0


Now that I’m recovered from fits of tremors and drooling, I’ll see what I can do to describe how awesome that was!  A TRUE pitchers duel and BRIAN DUENSING WON!!!  It was just fantstic.  A complete game shutout for the young rookie and done with style too.  His teammates annointed him with the traditional shaving cream pie in the face which made for an entertaining postgame interview – his general opinion was that shaving cream doesn’t taste very good.  Of course, from the smile on his face after the last out – facing just 29 batters – my guess is that the taste of shaving cream will be soon forgotten.  It also made choosing a BOD a very easy task today.  Congratulations, Brian!

Given the closeness of the game (especially until the bottom of the 8th), the chat also awards assorted pastries to Orlando Hudson and Joe Mauer for their part in tonight’s win.  Thanks guys!