October 5, 2002
In Game 4, it was Oakland’s turn to meltdown defensively. With two on in the home-half of the fourth inning and the score tied at two:
Luis Rivas then slapped a routine force-play grounder to Miguel Tejada at shortstop. As Mientkiewicz ran to third, Tejada’s throw sailed over Eric Chavez’s head at third base and into the Twins’ dugout, allowing the runner to score.
Hudson followed with a wild pitch to Jacque Jones, bringing Pierzynski home to make it 4-2, advancing Rivas to third base. Guzman hit a grounder at Scott Hatteberg at first base. Hatteberg fired home on a fielder’s choice to get Rivas, but his throw bounced off the dirt in front of catcher Ramon Hernandez for the inning’s second error. Rivas was safe at home, giving the Twins a 5-2 lead and Jones advanced to second base.
Another wild pitch and RBI hits by Hunter and Mientkiewicz finished the scoring in what turned out to be a seven-run inning for the Twins.
Later, in the bottom of the seventh, Mienkiewicz knocked a two-run home run to complete the scoring in an 11-2 Twins win.
“We just made a couple of throwing errors in the same inning, and that kind of opened the door,” A’s manager Art Howe said. “Then they strung a lot of hits together after that [and] broke the game wide open.
“Hudson pitched a lot better than the way it looked. [He] should have been out of that inning, probably, with no runs being scored. But that’s baseball.”
Eric Milton pitched well despite giving the A’s an early lead with a two-run home run off the bat of Miguel Tejada, who was, according to WPA, the game’s most valuable player.
1. Miguel Tejada 0.16
2. David Ortiz 0.15
3. Jermaine Dye, Luis Rivas 0.12
WPA was not as forgiving as Art Howe with Tim Hudson:
1. Tim Hudson -0.37
2. Ted Lilly -0.10