Sporting a lineup made up of every bench player on the roster, the
Toledo Mud Hens Detroit Tigers faced off against the right-handed offerings of Trevor Cahill, who proved to be more than a match for these Tiger cubs. Francisco Liriano would turn in a near quality start in his first start since being sidelined with a grass allergic reaction. But in the end, the Tigers were shut out again as they drop the season series finale against the Oakland Athletics, 6-0.
Things looked promising early for Detroit when they loaded the bases in the first inning on a leadoff hit by Mike Gerber and a throwing error that allowed Jose Iglesias to reach safely. But the struggles at the plate continued for Nicholas Castellanos, as he struck out swinging. Niko Goodrum followed with a fly out, before Jeimer Candelario drew a walk to load the bases. But Jim Adduci would strikeout to end the threat.
Liriano started off with a clean and quick 1-2-3 first inning, but the offense was unable to replicate its first inning threat to back up Liriano. He did his best to keep the A’s off the board, including working out of a third inning jam when he loaded the bases with two outs after hitting Matt Olson. Liriano then induced a lineout fielded cleanly by Candelario to end the threat. But the Athletics would break though in the fourth, with a solo home run from Khris Davis to take the lead. It touched off a string of three singles to score a second run before Liriano induceed an inning ending double play.
But while only down by two runs, it seemed like 20. The Tigers would get baserunners on here and there, and even as Dan Dickerson would note that the Tigers had the “tying run at the plate” a few times, it never felt like it. Cahill settled down after his first inning wildness to go six strong scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts. Liriano pitched five innings with just two runs allowed, two walks, and three strikeouts.
The A’s entered this game with a 45-0 record when leading after seven innings, and this afternoon would be no exception. Yusmeiro Petit, Lou Trivino, and Ryan Buchter would finish off a miserable day for the Tigers offense, with Tigers batters managing just two hits in a mini-rally against Petit, which quickly ended by a double play.
The Athletics hit a pair of two-run home runs off Daniel Stumpf and Joe Jimenez to put the game more out of reach in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively, but it was simply style points as the Tigers suffered their fifteenth shutout on the year. This is the most for a Tigers team in a season since they were shutout 17 times in 2003. With the win, the A’s tallied their 33rd win in 43 games, and swept the season series from the Tigers. The Tigers scored just one run in these three games in Oakland.
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