It was a game full of teases. Thankfully, we're used to that.
In the 4th inning, the A's loaded the bases with no one out. And just like that...David DeJesus grounded into a force out at home, and Conor Jackson followed DeJesus's performance by grounding into a double play. No runs scored.
The last man to reach base in the top of the 4th was Scott Sizemore, who squared up to bunt, and had to spin away at the ball heading for his face. The ball still hit him in the collarbone area, and he fell down and laid on the ground for a few minutes. Bob Melvin immediately replaced him with Eric Sogard. Apparently, he was hit in the jaw and the neck, and X-rays are negative.
In the bottom of the same inning, the Tigers had Victor Martinez on first with two outs. Carlos Guillen hit a liner right over first base, which stayed fair. Thanks to a strong throw, catcher Kurt Suzuki caught the ball while Guillen was still two strides away. And yet...Martinez did a little chicken dance around the plate, and tagged it safely.
Thankfully, the A's scored three times in the top of the 5th, but then Guillermo Moscoso reminded everyone why every advanced pitching statistic in existence flashed giant red "DANGER WILL ROBINSON" warning signs about him. He allowed six runs in the bottom of the 5th, off the strength of two singles, two doubles, and two home runs, one of which came from the bat of Miguel Cabrera. Moscoso clearly was afraid to challenge him, as he was exclusively pitching away. Then, Moscoso missed, and threw a belt-high fastball right down the middle. Gone. And that was that.
The A's try again tomorrow at 4:05 Pacific, as Brandon McCarthy opposes something named "Duane Below", making his major league debut.
Tigers lead the series 1-0
|Tue 07/19||3 - 8 loss|
Wednesday, Jul 20, 2011, 4:05 PM PDT
Brandon McCarthy vs Duane Below
Mostly clear. Winds blowing from right to left field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 90.
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