Detroit Tigers doomed by wildness in sixth in 8-4 loss to Oakland
The Detroit Tigers arrived in Oakland in a great mood. Their generosity wiped out a three-game winning streak when their pitchers took 12 walks and their infielder made two mistakes in an 8-4 loss to the A’s on Thursday.
They came from a Houston Astros street sweeper, where they did 20 runs. A’s starter Sean Manaea calmed their bats while Detroit’s five pitchers piled the free tickets. A handful of the A’s out for walks came over to score.
Starter Tarik Skubal ran four batters in four innings, despite giving up only two runs, including a Stephen Piscotty solo homer.
Matt Olson also hit a solo shot for Oakland, and the parade of walks allowed the A’s to extend their lead in the sixth inning.
Niko Goodrum faced the Tigers in the first game in a four-game series.
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Tarik Skubal fights control problems and hangs hard
Skubal showed some moxie after giving up six runs, including three homers, in four innings against Cleveland on his last start.
He dropped the first six batters, but needed 88 pitches to get through four innings.
Piscotty smoked a hanging slider over the left wall of the field that led away from the bottom of the third. Skubal responded by knocking out the next two batters before Oakland charged the bases on a Walk, Single and Willi Castro mistake. Skubal fell 3-1 behind Matt Chapman but came back to hit him with a four-seam fastball.
A walk and a throwing error by Jeimer Candelario put the runners in the goal position with no outs in the fourth. Skubal then retired to Piscotty on a three-pitch strikeout before Elvis Andrus hit a victim fly.
Skubal was in greater danger from walking the next two batters, but wiggled Jed Lowrie’s warning trail in the middle out of the traffic jam.
Willi Castro and Niko Goodrum deliver a blow
Castro and Goodrum, two of the tiger’s coldest bats, broke break-ins.
Castro had one hit in his last 19 bats before first striking a two-on-field fly with Candelario. Right fielder Mark Canha, thinking the ball was going to fall lazily, jogged after but the ball hit the chalk while Candelario came over to score in doubles.
Castro added an RBI triple on the right in the ninth.
Goodrum, who came into play with an RBI .208, went 3 on 4. He smashed a manaea sinker 413 feet above the midfield wall in the sixth.
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Joe Jimenez returns wild
Joe Jimenez made his first appearance this season after being called up by the taxi team earlier in the day.
The former closer of the Tigers came in sixth, 3-2 down. He walked three of the four batters he faced before Manager AJ Hinch removed him.
Jimenez lost a nine-pitch fight with Canha and had Lowrie on a 1-2, but couldn’t take it.
Alex Lange and Tyler Alexander issued base-laden walks each during the A’s four innings.