A’s Fielding, Offensive Woes Continue Against Fulmer, Tigers in 7-2 Loss

May 5, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

Oakland Athletics pitcher Andrew Triggs (60) hands the ball to manager Bob Melvin as he leaves in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers Friday, May 5, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

By Matthew Harrington

OAKLAND, Calif. – The Oakland A’s debuted a tribute to Ford C. Frick Award winner and former announcer Bill King, unveiling a light-up sign in center field that reads King’s trademark “Holy Toledo!” after major plays. Unfortunately for the A’s, there was not much to get worked up about in Friday night’s 7-2 loss to the visiting Detroit Tigers. The A’s have now lost eight out of their last ten games.

“It’s a tough stretch,” said A’s first baseman Yonder Alonso. “But we have a group of guys who have been here before, a bunch of veterans. It’s a tough stretch, but as professionals we have to grind it out and play better. We know that.”

Reigning American League Rookie of the Year Michael Fulmer held the A’s to just two runs on eight hits, striking out nine over eight innings. Victor Martinez knocked in two runs and Jim Adduci plated three for the Tigers off A’s starter Andrew Triggs. Yonder Alonso knocked in two runs for Oakland. Rajai Davis collected career hit 1,000 for Oakland. Detroit scored three unearned runs in the contest.

“We didn’t play our best baseball,” said Alonso. “They obviously did. They outplayed us in every aspect of the game.”

Triggs entered the game coming off his best start of his career. The 28-year-old side-slinger went seven innings against the Houston Astros Saturday, allowing no runs on five hits and striking out nine. Friday night he looked off his game from first pitch, loading the bases in the first before inducing a timely double play.

The Tigers went in order in the second, but capitalized on Adam Rosales error to open the third. After Jose Iglesias reached on the misplay, leadoff man Andrew Romine singled. Triggs would get two quick outs, but a two-run single to Victor Martinez gave Detroit a 2-0 lead on a pair of unearned runs.

Detroit added three runs in sixth after Triggs gave up back-to-back singles to Martinez and Justin Upton. He issued a walk to Tyler Collins to end his night with the bases loaded and one out. Jim Hendriks gave up a bases-clearing double to Jim Adduci to put Oakland down 5-0 and tag Triggs (4-2, 2.34 ERA) the loss.

“It ended up being two hits,” said A’s manager Bob Melvin. “He walked a couple guys, managed it, got a double play ball in the first… He was throwing similar to what we’ve seen, just allowed a few more baserunners.”

The A’s scored in the bottom of the sixth after Jed Lowrie singled to open the inning. Khris Davis reached on an error then Alonso laced his first RBI basehit. Detroit added two runs in the eighth, one earned and one unearned, but Alonso would double home a run in the bottom of the frame. He’s now batting .348 over his last 15 games.

“I simplify things,” said Alonso of his approach this season amidst a .295 batting average and six homers on the year. “I’m just trying to get a good pitch.”

Shane Green relieved Fulmer after his eight innings of work, pitching a clean ninth to close the book on the A’s. Oakland looks to bounce back Saturday with Jesse Hahn on the mound. He’ll be opposed by Jordan Zimmermann and his 6.18 ERA.



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