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Athletics 3, Tigers 0: Detroit bats go cold in 8th consecutive loss

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Someone should put out an APB for the Tigers’ bats.

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Yeah, that Grayson Greiner dropped popup kinda summarizes things. Eight in a row.

It was also an otherwise rough day for the organization, as discussed elsewhere on this site (and please post your comments on that topic over there). But, life moves on, and Rick Anderson is now the pitching coach.

The game was mostly uneventful for the first couple of innings. In the bottom of the third, the Tigers drew three walks (with a couple of outs sprinkled in for variety), but Niko Goodrum struck out to end the threat. Oh, right, JaCoby Jones stole a home run in there too. That was fun.

Ron Gardenhire somehow got himself ejected before the fourth started, and shortly after the red-hot Jed Lowrie drove in Matt Joyce to put the A’s up 1-0. Maybe Gardy shouted “the magic word” from the dugout, or maybe he wrote it on a note that the ball boy passed to him when he gave the ump more baseballs. Guess we’ll never know.

Mike Fiers was pretty decent, all in all. He stranded two in scoring position in the fifth, getting a strikeout and a flyout to escape a 1-out, second-and-third threat. Leonys Martin made a pair of great catches in centre to help out Fiers, to end the sixth and lead off the seventh. Final line on Fiers: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. His ERA is now down to 4.04. I can live with that.

Joe Jimenez started the eighth and Lowrie smashed a one-out drive to centre, in which he really should’ve gotten three bases but let up halfway to second and thus ended up with only a double. He then battled Khris Davis for ten pitches, ultimately getting the strikeout, but Niko Goodrum couldn’t handle a hot ground ball at second to put runners at the corners. No matter, though: “Good Joe” came to the park today, and the inning ended without further incident.

Alex Wilson came on for the ninth, down a run in a tight 1-0 nailbiter. After he got the first out: infield single, double, double, voilà, 3-0.

Hey, notice how I didn’t really talk much about the Tigers’ offense? Yeah, there’s a reason for that. Three lousy hits.

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