Donaldson’s six hits vs. Twins suggests he’s getting closer

Josh Donaldson finished up the Twins series with six hits but still isn't quite where he wants to be.

Josh Donaldson finished up the Twins series with six hits but still isn’t quite where he wants to be.

By most ways of accounting, Josh Donaldson had a pretty big series in Target Field this week.

He doubled and singled Monday, doubled twice Tuesday and homered and singled in the finale, a 6-1 win over the Twins, leaving him with six hits in 15 at-bats to go with four RBIs, three off them Thursday, and four runs scored.

For all of that, he’s not feeling like he’s quite at the top of his game.

He said he’s missing some pitches he believes he should hit and said that part of his success this week was being able to capitalize on Minnesota pitchers being willing to challenge him.

“When they did that I was able to put some pretty good swings on it,’’ Donaldson said. “I’m starting to feel better, but it’s a little frustrating that I’m still swinging at pitches out of the zone.’’

The home run, all three of the doubles and one of the two singles went to right field or right-center, and that means something to him.

“That’s where the ball goes when I’m going good,’’ he said. “That’s step one of the process.’’

But as his .220 batting average would suggest, there are more steps ahead.

John Hickey

A longtime baseball writer three years into in his second go-round covering to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.