Eckersley got him out, but only when Henderson chased down his 400-foot fly ball at the warning track. A Gene Larkin double cut the Oakland lead to 4-3, and with the bases loaded and two out, Kelly decided to pinch-hit the lefthand-hitting Torve for Gagne against Eckersley, who is death on righthanded batters. "Go up there, do the best you can and have some fun," Kelly told the stunned Torve.
Torve struck out on four pitches, and Eckersley had another save. "I don't like to say this in June, but that was a big win for us," said Athletics third baseman Carney Lansford.
The Twins were hardly daunted by the loss. Gladden hit Curt Young's first pitch of Sunday's doubleheader over the leftfield fence, the fifth time this season he has started off a game with a homer. Lea shut out the A's for six innings—he now had allowed only two runs in his last three starts—as Minnesota pounded out 15 hits. The Twins added 13 hits in the second game to complete the sweep.
Gaetti had a three-run homer and two singles in the first game of the doubleheader, and his series totals were three homers, three singles, eight RBIs and four warning-track shots. "With all due respect," said La Russa, "I'm sick of watching him."
But the onrushing Twins found Gaetti's performance only too stirring.