Two things went horribly wrong for the A’s today. Marcus Semien struck out looking on a knuckleball from Detroit second baseman Brandon Dixon, and the A’s lost a shutout in the ninth inning after Aaron Brooks allowed a three-run homer. Everything else went right.
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An Offensive Explosion
The A’s turned in their best offensive performance of the season, completing the rare home run cycle and exploding for 17 runs en route to a 17-3 victory. A series against Detroit may be just what the struggling A’s needed to turn it around as they have now won 13 straight against the Tigers.
Initially, the A’s took advantage of some Detroit mistakes. Walks and defensive bobbles led to two Oakland runs and loaded bases in the third inning before Jurickson Profar launched a curveball into the seats for his first career grand slam.
Leading 6-0, the A’s didn’t score again until the sixth, when Josh Phegley hit a two-run homer and the floodgates opened. Olson hit a solo jack later in the inning and not another frame would pass without the green and gold hanging multiple runs on the board.
In the seventh, Phegley struck again with an RBI double. Phegley had four hits and drove in four on the day; he is now hitting .386 in road games! He was followed by Marcus Semien, who completed the home run cycle for the A’s with a three-run tater.
In the eighth, Robbie Grossman, who had already tripled, hit a two-run double, and in the ninth, Mark Canha launched a two-run dinger. Every A’s hitter that got an at-bat recorded at least one hit. Chad Pinder was hit by a pitch in his only plate appearance.
Meanwhile, Chris Bassitt was quietly mowing down Tigers hitters. Bassitt, who is from Toledo, was pitching in front of several friends and family members and went eight innings, allowing no runs and striking out seven. His ERA for the season is down to 1.93. Getting Bassitt deep into the game to open this four-game series could be huge for the A’s. Bob Melvin was able to keep Oakland relievers rested while Detroit had to use several arms from its already taxed bullpen.
While Bassitt was tossing a gem, Matt Chapman made some gems of his own, including one play so nice the umpire couldn’t believe it and mistakenly called the runner safe. After review, the call was overturned.
Aaron Brooks came in to close out the win, allowing three runs, but keeping the Tigers well out of reach.
The A’s look to carry the momentum into tomorrow’s game where Frankie Montas will square off against Daniel Norris.