Things were good for a while, then bad, then okay, then everyone got wet and went home. The Detroit Tigers were trailing the Oakland Athletics 5-3 in the series finale between the two clubs on Sunday when play was suspended due to rain. The game will resume on September 6, when the Tigers visit O.Co Coliseum.
I guess we should talk about the game itself, huh? The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first against former teammate Mike Fiers. Niko Goodrum led off the game with a triple down into the right field corner, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Dawel Lugo. Nicholas Castellanos walked, advanced to third base on a Miguel Cabrera single, and then scored on a passed ball from A’s catcher Josh Phegley. The Tigers’ 2-0 lead was their first since last Sunday, when they beat the Minnesota Twins.
Unfortunately, the lead didn’t last long. Lefthander Gregory Soto looked sharp in his first two innings of work, but unraveled in the third. He gave up a leadoff single to Ramon Laureano, then an RBI triple to Marcus Semien. Matt Chapman walked, and Semien scored on a sacrifice fly to tie the game. Two batters (and two more base hits) later, the A’s had a 3-2 lead. Oakland’s advantage was short-lived, though, as Nicholas Castellanos tied the score in the bottom of the third with a solo home run to left.
The score stayed that way until the top of the seventh. Zac Reininger gave up a walk and a single, but seemed poised to escape the jam when Khris Davis lined out to right. Unfortunately, Stephen Piscotty made him pay on the very next pitch, sending a double to deep right-center to score both baserunners. Victor Alcantara came on after an intentional walk and recorded the final out of the inning, limiting the damage. Play was stopped with one out in the bottom of the seventh, and suspended roughly two hours later.
The Tigers didn’t lose today!
They didn’t win either.
#Tigers and #Athletics are in a rain delay in B7. Because Oakland took a 5-3 lead in the top of the inning, the game cannot be (hypothetically) ruled a rain-shortened Oakland win until Detroit gets a shot at three final outs. We might be waiting awhile. pic.twitter.com/nkd8D1XQHy— nolan bianchi (@nolanbianchi) May 19, 2019