The Oakland A’s fell to the Detroit Tigers by the final score of 6-5 in Oakland. The Oakland A’s have now lost five of their last six games.
This evening Sonny Gray took the mound for the Oakland A’s and he would get jumped on early by the Tigers in the first inning. Miguel Cabrera started things off with a base-hit to score a run, then two batters later J.D. Martinez doubled to bring in Cabrera making it 2-0 after the first half inning. Gray finished with four earned on eight hits in six innings, including five strikeouts.
The Oakland A’s would answer in the bottom of the second inning with two runs of their own. The first run came on a Jed Lowrie double which brought in Yoenis Cespedes followed by a double by Alberto Callaspo which subsequently brough Lowrie home. After two innings it was 2-2.
Max Scherzer took the mound opposite Gray and his night ended with five runs allowed on eight hits in six innings. He also had two walks and four strikeouts.
His worst inning came in the bottom of the fourth where he allowed three runs. His first mistake of the inning was a balk that brought Josh Redick home from third base. Then, later in the inning, John Jaso smashed a two-run homer to make it a 5-4 A’s lead at that point.
In the top of the seventh Torii Hunter hit a solo home run off of Dan Otero to center field to tie the game at five apiece.
An inning later the Detroit Tigers would score the final run of the game for either side on a fielder’s choice. Lowrie was forced to make a tough play in the hole as he tried to turn two but Austin Jackson beat out a throw to first. Rajai Davis, who had reached third on a steal, came in to score the game-winner on the missed double-play opportunity.
Tomorrow evening the series continues with game number three and we expect to see Anibal Sanchez (2-2, 2.83) set to face Scott Kazmir (5-2, 2.56).