June 7, 1989: Bob Welch against the Twins

New York Times story on Bob Welch here.

Wednesday June 7, 1989
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

A’s 3, Twins 2

Most Important Play
With two outs in the top of the ninth and runners at the corners, Greg Gagne took a called third strike from Todd Burns to close out the game.

1. Bob Welch OAK 0.19 – 6.1 IP 5 H 1 R 2 BB 2 K
2. Todd Burns OAK 0.16 – SV 0.1 IP 1 K
3. Gene Nelson OAK 0.15 – 1.1 IP 1 H

Bottom WPA
1. Greg Gagne MIN -0.16 – 0-for-1 K
2. Frank Viola MIN -0.09 – 6 IP 6 H 3 R (1 ER) 8 K
3. Mark McGwire OAK -0.07 – 0-for-3 3 K

A three-run fifth inning was enough for the A’s in an afternoon pitcher’s duel between Bob Welch and Frank Viola. Viola was cruising, having retired 12 of the first 15 batters he faced, including 6 K’s over the first four innings. The A’s finally got to him with three singles in the fifth. The inning also included an error charged to Twins third baseman Gary Gaetti and a wild pitch that scored the A’s third run.

32-year-old Bob Welch improved his record to 8-4 with a solid performance against the Twins. He was not dominant, and had the help of a few well placed double plays to keep the Twins scoreless through six innings. He was finally chased from the game when he allowed a pair of singles and a walk with one out in the seventh inning. Only one of those runners scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Al Newman, accounting for the only run charged to Welch in the game.

Bob Welch career versus Minnesota:
15 G 96.2 IP 9 W 5 L 3.52 ERA 37 BB 46 K



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