It was a bit of a rough night for Doug Fister and the Tigers, as they were torched by the Oakland Athletics, who scored a whopping 14 runs. The Tigers were at least able to get on the board, but pitching for the A’s was Dan Straily who was able to do more than enough to ensure his team the victory. Tonight, the A’s brought their A game, and were able to score three or more runs in four innings.
Both pitchers started out decently well, and then came the top of the second inning. Here, the A’s got on the board first and took a 3-0 lead. Thanks to Eric Sogard, Kurt Suzuki, and Josh Donaldson, Yoenis Cespedes, Alberto Callaspo, and Daric Barton were all able to score in that hot second inning for the A’s. The Tigers, on the other hand, weren’t able to do much damage until later in the game, where the A’s had taken control.
It looked like a close game entering the fifth inning at 3-1, but Brandon Moss and the A’s were able to take over. In the fifth inning, Jed Lowrie, Donaldson, Cespedes, and Moss were all able to score, putting the A’s up 7-1. Think they’re done? All of this happened while the Tigers still had one run.
The A’s continued to pour it on in the sixth inning where they scored another three runs to increase their lead to 13-1. It was an embarrassing night for Fister, who was relieved in the top of the sixth. Jose Alvarez, the reliever, didn’t exactly do so well either. Thanks to Moss’ homer, and Lowrie’s double, the A’s were able to keep the pressure on.
The Tigers’ offense finally started to come alive, but it was a little bit too late. Even when they did score three runs in the eight inning, the A’s were able to outdo them with four runs. It was just that kind of night.
Moss had a huge game for the A’s with three runs, four hits, six RBI’s, and two homers.