Recap: A’s @ Tigers Game 131
Wrap: Oakland 6, Detroit 3. A’s 74-57 (2nd Place, 2 1/2 games back)
A’s will leave Detroit with at least split after taking the first of two games. With Justin Verlander on the hill you can expect a relatively quick outing I suppose, but this game was a tidy two hours and six minutes. That wasn’t because Verlander was electric (he wasn’t) but rather because the skies were and rain poured down prematurely ending the game. Fortunately the rain-shortened affair ended with the A’s on top and the A’s escape with a victory and I escape with a lesson that if you pitch the entirely of a rain-shortened game you still can be credited with an official complete game.
The A’s got to Verlander, go figure. He stymied them last year in the ALDS but tonight he was not on his game as he lasted just five innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on four hits including a Moss home run (his 22nd) while walking three and fanning three. The A’s spread out seven hits in “six” innings, I say six because it was the top of the sixth and the Tigers’ Bruce Rendon failed to record an out (after surrending a Smith home run to start the inning) so really they only played five innings as the game ended with the bases loaded and Coco due up before God granted Rendon a reprieve via rain.
Appearances: Tommy Milone.
Milone went five innings, or about 56% of a typical game, but he earned himself a complete game. For whatever reason I thought it had to be a full nine-inning game to count, though I figured a full nine-inning home victory was still a full game so therefore an eight inning loss counted, but alas I am wrong. Complete game number two in his career for Mr. Milone who in his five innings allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits, three walks and three strikeouts. Not a great performance, but not a terrible one either.
Gonna go with Moss. He broke up the tie with a two run shot. The shot came off of Verlander who at 0.9 HR/9 this year isn’t immune to surrendering home runs, but as fans don’t we think that sort of thing never happens? Only the seventh time A’s fans have watched one of theirs go deep off of him, so if it breaks a tie, hands the A’s a win, there you go.