You could credit it to the loss of Eckersley, the prolonged absence of Canseco, maybe even the knee injury Walt Weiss was still suffering from, maybe even something else, but June was a dismal month for the A’s: a 13-14 record. They bottomed out this day, in the Twin Cities, by managing no runs on seven hits and three walks in a 2-0 loss to Frank Viola, who would get traded to the Mets within a month.
What went wrong? Carney Lansford twice got caught stealing after leading off innings with singles. Dave Stewart committed an error and threw a wild pitch, and Steinbach contributed a passed ball-none of which actually produced runs for the Twins, but they couldn’t have helped the A’s. The A’s got one or two runners on in every inning through the seventh, but it was stringing together singles and walks with no result. Maybe if this hadn’t been one of the five games with Oakland in which Rickey didn’t get on base, things would have been different.