By Joe Christensen
OAKLAND — I’m ready to hand the baton to La Velle for the final leg of this four-city road trip. A few leftover tidbits that didn’t make it into my gamer or notebook, which should also be posted shortly:
(*) Scott Baker (8-4) earned his first victory since July 26, holding the A’s to one run on six hits in six innings. He was 0-1 in his previous six starts, despite pitching well in three of those.
(*) Granted it was a 10-1 game, and the adrenaline might not have been pumping for Eddie Guardado, but his third appearance in this incarnation with the Twins wasn’t much better than his second.
After retiring the side in his first appearance, Guardado has allowed eight of the 11 batters he’s faced to reach base.
(*) Boof Bonser, meanwhile, was hitting 96-97 mph on the stadium radar gun, and he froze Eric Patterson with a nasty 85-mph hook to end the eighth. Bonser retired all four batters he faced, just like his last outing, and lowered his ERA to 6.06.
“Boof came in and threw the heck out of the ball,” Gardy said. “The ball was coming out of his hand pretty good. He’s going to be big for us down to the end of the season.”