Aug 7, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jon Lester (31) throws to the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of their MLB baseball game at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

Shutout and Shutdown: Lester Shines In Minnesota Twins Loss

Well, Minnesota Vikings football starts on Friday, so at least we have that to hang our hat on. The Minnesota Twins didn’t register a hit until the sixth inning via a Kurt Suzuki single and by knowing that you can assume that the game didn’t go too well for the Twins. You’d assume correctly.

Jon Lester pitched a complete game shutout while only allowing three hits and two walks while striking out eight. The Twins get to face more great pitching in the days to come. The Vikings are only facing the Oakland Raiders.

Oswaldo Arcia, Kurt Suzuki and Chris Colabello notched the singles in the ballgame. Colabello and Brian Dozier were the lucky batters to draw walks.

Yohan Pino had an outing that wasn’t very inspiring, but an outing that could be worth a damn if the offense could do anything. Pino went 5.2 innings allowing three runs on six hits, but that was enough to give the A’s the victory.

Oakland only had two scoring plays and both came early in the ballgame. Stephen Vogt hit a two-run shot in the third to give the A’s a 2-0 lead and an inning later Derek Norris hit an RBI double to finalize the score at 3-0.

Here’s the boxscore for a shiny start from Jon Lester.

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