A’s defeat the Tigers 7-3 in makeup game

Photo credit: @Athletics

By Lewis Rubman

Oakland: 7 | 12 | 1

Detroit: 3 | 5 | 0

A line drive double to left center off the bat of Stephen Piscotty broke a 3-3 tie between the A’s and the Tigers in Detroit with two outs in the top of the seventh back on May 19. Matt Olson received a declared walk, and Jurickson Profar lined out to deep right field, at the foul line. (I got these facts from Baseball Reference’s invaluable website).

Liam Hendriks, who hadn’t yet become Oakland’s closer, came in to relieve Mike Fiers in the bottom of the frame. He threw four pitches (two balls, a swinging strike, and a foul) to Josh Harrison concerns about the weather caused umpire Tim Timmons to halt play. A hard rain began to fall, and what began as a rain delay became a suspended games before the Tigers had a chance could further reply to the A’s recent offensive. Since the teams’ schedules prevented resuming play in Detroit, the remainder of the game was played this afternoon, with the Tigers the home team in Ring Central Coliseum, as a prelude to this evening’s scheduled contest. The inherited line up for Oakland was Semien (SS), Chapman (3B), Pinder (LF), Davis (DH), Piscotty (RF), Olson (1B), Profar (2B), Laureano (CF), and Grossman (pinch hitting for Phegley).

The alignment Detroit brought west with them consisted of Niko Goodrum (1B), Dawel Lugo (3B), Nicolás Castellano (RF), Miguel Cabrera (DH), Ronny Rodríguez (SS), Christin Stewart (1B), Josh Harrison (2B), Grayson Greiner (C), and JaCoby Jones (CF). Gregory Soto had started, followed by Buck Farmer, Daniel Stumpf, Zach Reininger, and Victor Alcántara.

These changes were made when play resumed:

For Oakland: Pinder moved to right, Sheldon Neuse at second base replaced Piscotty, Profar moved from second to left, Canha moved from left to center; and Sean Murphy replaced Phegley as catcher.

For Detroit: Victor Reyes at first base replaced Goodllrum, Harold Castro in right replaced, Jordy Mercer at second replaced Harrison, Jeimer Candelario in center replaced Jones, and, finally, David McKay relieved Alcántara on the mound.

Play resumed at 5:18 p.m., and Hendrix set the Tigers down in order on two strike outs, interspersed by Greiner’s fly to the warning track in center field. McKay, in turn, got the A’s down 1,2,3, but the only fair ball hit against him was a grounder to short.

Detroit mounted a mini threat on Lugo’s one-out double to left center against Jake Diekman, who had pitched for Kansas City on May 19 and replaced Hendriks to start the home, i.e. Detroit, eighth. In the day by day chronicles, Diekman now has pitched for two teams in one day.

Matt Chapman led off the top of the ninth with a single to left and, two pitches later, trotted home in front of Pinder, who had blasted a 94 mph slider into the seats beyond right field.

J.B. Wendelken, freshly called up from Las Vegas, closed out the game for the A’s. He received help from a stellar play by Semien on Rodríguez’s grounder to the left of second base. He got the last two outs on his own, striking out Stewart and Mercer on curve balls.

The scheduled game will start at 7:07 p.m. The sword of Damocles has been lifted from above the A’s head.

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