It looked like the Road Blues would never end for the A’s after dropping a two game set to Seattle to start the week. Trudging into Detroit, the Green and Gold knew something had to change. With Chris Bassitt keeping the Tigers at bay, three innings into Wednesday’s scoreless game looked like it was going to turn into another struggle.
An error and a wild pitch on the Tigers side put two runs up for the A’s, but then Jurickson Profar came up to bat with the bases loaded. The Tigers had nothing to fear, Profar has not yet proven himself to be a formidable offensive force for Oakland, so all they needed to do was mow him down to get out of the shaky inning, right?
Don’t doubt Profar.
Not only did Profar seize the moment for the team, but he put up his first career grand slam, putting the A’s up 6-0 on the Tigers.
And they don’t stop coming, and they don’t stop coming...
Salty their five dingers in Monday’s loss to the Mariners didn’t win them the game, the A’s took the momentum after Profar’s slam and cranked out four more. Josh Phegley, Matt Olson, Marcus Semien and Mark Canha all went yard to help put up 17 run on Detroit.
Bassitt went eight scoreless, passing the torch to Aaron Brooks for the ninth.
Gotta figure out some way to show off when you’re surrounded by Sharks and Warriors in playoff mode, right?
The A’s put up seven against the Tigers the next day, which would have felt like a lot if they hadn’t put up ten more than that the day before. Not to be overshadowed by Bassitt, Frankie Montas took his moment to shine, taking his outing to one out shy of a complete game. He was chugging along great until a homer in the 9th knocked him out in favor of Lou Trivino. Go, Frankie, go!
Khris Davis has been off and on with his hip soreness — which is likely just his body reminding him that the outfield is a bad, bad place for Khrush. He returned to the lineup yesterday to cap off the series in Detroit. How sweet it is!
We don't have a Motown reference for this but we felt that the world needed to see it. pic.twitter.com/sKNr7PDuBC— Oakland A's (@Athletics) May 18, 2019
Was Miguel Cabrera the next victim of a Ramon Laureano outfield slingshot? Nahhh! Cabrera — who is known for his speed as much as he’s known for not hitting a lot of home runs — started laughing when he saw Laureano catch a routine pop-up and set up as if Cabrera was making a break for third. Don’t Run on Ramon? Yeah, Cabrera knows that!
Ramon Laureano: *Prepares to throw to third in case @MiguelCabrera runs— Adrian Garro (@adriangarro) May 19, 2019
Miggy: "Lol what"
Laureano: "I thought you were gonna run!"
Cabrera: "Lol what"https://t.co/V45xuYFwwt via @Cut4 pic.twitter.com/IvM6oRgiJZ
Sean Manaea is chugging along on his way back from injury, as he has begun throwing bullpen sessions after surgery late last season. He is still set for a return in late August or early September, barring any major setbacks.
Jharel Cotton is closer to his comeback after undergoing Tommy John Surgery back in March of 2018. He appeared in his first rehab assignment on Friday, giving up 2 runs in 2.2 innings of work, but he did strike out three of the 11 batters he faced. If everything goes as planned, we could have Cotton back in the rotation as early as June.
Mike Fiers stepped onto the mound Sunday with an odd pressure on his shoulders. No, not the train of solid starts from his rotation-mates that he had to follow. Not facing his own team. Not even the sweep of the Tigers — but that’s part of it. If the A’s took the win on Sunday, they’d nab their 16th consecutive victory over the Tigers, and tie a team record. The last time the A’s pulled off 16 straight wins over a single club was the Yankees from 1989-91.
Unfortunately for Fiers and the A’s, they will have to wait until September to see if they can get it. Rains came oozing in, and after almost two hours the game was postponed. The A’s currently lead the Tigers 5-3 in the bottom of the 7th. Play will resume in a double header on September 6th.
Hoping to keep their good road juju going, the A’s pack up and saunter off to Cleveland next. It’s Anderson against Carlos Carrasco to kick off the three game set. Well, as long as the rains stay at bay!