Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver said if you play for one run, that's all you'll get. The Athletics wanted more after Nick Swisher led off the fifth inning with a double in a scoreless game.
Oakland manager Ken Macha wanted more and declined to use the bunt even with No. 8 hitter Marco Scutaro up.
Scutaro swung away and doubled into the right-field corner. No. 9 hitter Mark Ellis also swung away and hit a grounder to the right side. Scutaro moved to third and scored when Jason Kendall singled through a drawn-in infield.
Speed over power at DH
Twins designated hitters scored 66 runs and drove in 63 runs during the regular season, the lowest in the American League.
Manager Ron Gardenhire decided to sit Phil Nevin, his hitless Game 1 DH, and start Jason Tyner, a left-handed hitter who has little power but can run and hit .312 in 62 games this season.
Tyner didn't do much either, going 0-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base while batting in the eighth spot in the order.
Lefty vs. lefty
The score was 2-2 in the seventh when left-handed hitter Mark Kotsay came up to face right-handed reliever Pat Neshek with two outs and a runner at first. Left-handers hit .244 off Neshek during the season. Kotsay was .278 off left-handers and .265 off right-handers during the season.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire brought in left-hander Dennys Reyes to face Kotsay. Left-handed hitters batted .148 off Reyes during the season.
The outcome: Kotsay hit a sinking line drive to center and Torii Hunter missed making a diving catch. The ball skipped past Hunter and went all the way to the fence for a two-run home run.
Needing a strikeout
The Athletics, leading 4-2, had a runner on third and one out in the eighth.
The decision: Gardenhire, with No. 9 hitter Ellis at the plate, brought in closer Joe Nathan, hoping to get a strikeout and keep the Athletics from adding onto the lead.
Nathan did get the strikeout. But before he did, he threw a wild pitch allowing the run to score.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com.
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