2002: Twins end Oakland’s 20-game Winning Streak

September 6, 2006

I’ll let LEN3 do the talking (from 9/7/02 Strib):

Brad Radke doesn’t keep many baseballs among his prized possessions. He has the ball from his first career victory and his first career hit.

The ball from Friday’s 6-0 shutout of Oakland likely will get locked away in some closet, behind his fishing gear. Radke relies on his memories, and he had several from Friday.

– He pitched his seventh career shutout.

– He got his 100th career victory.

– And he ended the most dominant run in American League history, halting the Athletics’ winning streak at 20.

“It feels good to beat those guys over there,” Radke said. “They had a heck of a run. It’s something I will never forget. I’m sure those guys over there won’t forget it either.”

Radke (7-4) scattered six hits while walking one and striking out five. Scott Hatteberg, Miguel Tejada and Eric Chavez were 6-for-12 against him. But the rest of the A’s lineup went 0-for-20, as Radke tossed strikes with ease and used his changeup to get ground balls to his reliable defense.

Corey Koskie went 3-for-3, including his 11th homer, and had two RBI. The Twins never had a big inning but crept away with runs in the first, third and fourth innings.

Radke’s painting and Koskie’s power had the crowd of 27,409 fired up in the Twins’ first home game since the settlement between players and owners on a new collective bargaining agreement.

It also was Homer Hankie night, as 20,000 of the famous cloths were twisting in the air as fans rose at every exciting play. Radke said he fed off of the crowd’s enthusiasm. The A’s, whose streak is the third-longest in major league history, couldn’t overcome it.

“This is big game for us,” Hatteberg said, “but they came in here on fire. You could tell they really wanted it.”

The A’s run was quite remarkable. Prior to this game, the last time they had lost was August 12. The strak included a threegame sweep of the Twins in Oakland a week earlier. Following the Radke game, the A’s took the final two games of the series at the Metrodome (both shut outs). They went on the win the first game of a series at Anaheim. In all, the A’s won 23 out of 24 games from August 13 to September 9.

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