Oakland A’s bring A game with four-game sweep of Detroit
The Oakland A’s continued their hot streak by sweeping the Detroit Tigers
Game 1: Oakland 8, Detroit 4
The Oakland A’s played their first game against Detroit on Thursday after an offensive attack of eight runs with eight hits and 12 walks.
The first two innings started rather pedestrian as neither offense put a runner in the goal position. But at the end of third place, a leadoff homer from Stephen Piscotty gave Oakland a 1-0 advantage.
Detroit reacted up in fourth place when they overtook a run with two outs.
The A’s were quickly rejected at the end of fourth place when a sack fly from Elvis Andrus gave Oakland a 2-1 lead.
Matt Olson hit a solo homer at the end of the fifth to extend the A’s 3-1 lead.
While Detroit scored again in sixth place, the A’s offensive recovered from four runs in sixth place. With patience on the plate, Oakland drew six innings and extended the lead for the A’s to 7-2 with a Matt Chapman double.
Oakland scored another run at the end of the seventh to make it 8-2, and despite a two-run rally near the top of ninth place for Detroit, the A’s started the first game 8-4.
Game 2: Oakland 3, Detroit 0
Oakland scored their sixth straight win after a masterly performance by Frankie Montas on the hill.
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With two allowed hits, one step and seven spikes, Montas prevented the Detroit offense in his six innings on Friday night.
Montas was arguably more impressive and did not allow a runner to reach the gate position on his excursion.
At the end of the fourth, the A’s have the first two runs of the game. Ramon Laureano took a one-off stroll and moved up to second with an Olson single. A Chapman forceout brought the runners to the corners with two outs for Mitch Moreland, who knocked on one to give the A’s the lead. Sean Murphy doubled up another enema.
This proved sufficient for Montas as he confused the thugs in seventh place until it was drawn for Yusmeiro Petit. Detroit fell flat and got no runner in goal position.
Jake Diekman tossed Oakland in eighth place and knocked the side out when the A’s scored another run from a Chapman solo bomb to make it 3-0.
Lou Trivino dropped a leadoff single at the top of ninth place but promptly got a double play ball and pop out to score the save when Oakland won the second game 3-0.
Game 3: Oakland 7, Detroit 0
The Oakland A’s improved by over 500 when they beat the Tigers 7-0 on Saturday night.
Olson kept swinging a hot racket as his solo home run at the end of the first gave Oakland the early lead.
With a homer from two runs by Aramis Garcia and a solo shot by Canha, the A’s extended their lead to 4-0 in the second round.
Cole Irvin controlled the Tigers on the hill all day as he had no problems until the top of the fifth inning. With two outs, Irvin gave up two consecutive singles and a wild pitch put them both in goal position. But Irvin knocked out the next blow and kept Detroit off the scoreboard.
At the end of fifth place, Chapman was eliminated, but drove to 5-0 in another run.
Oakland took advantage of Detroit’s poor pitching when they went four times in the inning to score a hit before a wild pitch scored another hit. This increased the lead for Oakland to 7-0, which was the final.
The relief core of JB Wendelken, Deolis Guerra and Jordan Weems was combined for 3.0 innings, one hit was allowed and four strikeouts when the A’s blocked the Tigers.
Irvin threw 6.0 goalless four-hit balls with no runs and 6K to take his first win of the season.
Game 4: Oakland 3, Detroit 2
Oakland left 3-2 on Sunday afternoon to complete the match against Detroit on Sunday afternoon.
Despite a base-laden jam with an out, Chris Bassitt held Detroit goalless in the bottom of the first.
For the next three innings, Bassitt gave up a hit and hit five.
At the end of fourth place, Canha led with a single before a Laureano triple drove him home to give Oakland a 1-0 lead.
Detroit got the top two men on board in sixth place, and they later advanced 90 feet with a groundout. With two outs, Detroit laced a single that scored two and gave them the 2-1 lead.
It was only at the end of eighth place that Oakland linked the game behind a Sean Murphy solo bomb with an equalizer.
At the end of ninth place, Olson doubled with one out and Chapman knocked out, but Murphy walked to finish first and second with two outs. Mitch Moreland stepped into the box and scored 2-2 until her final stroke. Moreland hit a ball on the left side that went through the third baseman’s glove to take the winning run to 3-2.
The A’s turn their attention to a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins as they double-headed on Tuesday, followed by a day’s game on Wednesday.
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