Recap: Tigers @ A’s Game 32
I was in Baltimore to watching the Baltimore Orioles fall to the Texas Rangers, but in Oakland the A’s fell to the Detroit Tigers in a game that the A’s led at point 2-1 before watching that turn into a 9-2 deficit the next half inning. A’s ended up making it sort of respectable at 10-6 settling back into .500 at 16-16 by falling to the visiting Detroit Tigers. Onto some game notes…
- Much has been made about how Bartolo Colon always struggles against the Tigers and tonight’s outing. In 144 2/3 innings of work against the Tigers he has a 5.60 ERA and of course a two and a third inning, eight run (seven earned), nine hit (including an Andy Dirks home run) outing in which he failed to register a strikeout (though he also did not walk anyone) does nothing to help that figure. But that all said, I hate versus team splits. They to me don’t say much of anything. I can understand why a particular stadium may not suit a guy well and that he’d have poor numbers pitching there, but against a team? The Tigers of 2003 whom Colon faced and whom lost 119 games, are a much different squad than the American League Champion Tigers of 2006, or the Tigers of today. Who cares? That is just luck, yet all the discussion is of how Colon never fares well against the Tigers.
- The hero for the A’s in not letting this one get away and not depleting the bullpen really was Jim Miller. Miller threw 51 pitches across three innings of work and though he allowed one run on five hits, he kept the Tigers at bay for the most part and kept the A’s bullpen as fresh as one can when your starter is knocked out after only seven outs being recorded.
- Offensively the hero was Brandon Inge who hit his second grand slam in three days, this time not a walk off and this time against his former teammates. Inge took Collin Balester deep in the eighth inning to narrow a 10-2 lead to the final 10-6 score. It was his third home run since joining the A’s. The A’s other runs in this game also came via the home run as Kila Ka’aihue notched his first home run in the green and gold, a two-run shot off of Tigers start Max Scherzer in the bottom of the second inning.
- The only other positive in this game was the play of Seth Smith. Smith started the game in left field and went 2-for-2 with two walks and scored on each of the two run-scoring home runs in the game.
- In perhaps a signal that he could use a morale boost, despite this one being completely out of hand, Grant Balfour came in to throw the top of the ninth and allowed just one hit (a double to Ryan Raburn) in his inning of work, though he also uncorked a wild pitch.