Oakland A’s starter Paul Blackburn prepares to deliver against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning of action at Comerica Park in Detroit on Mon May 9, 2022 (AP News photo)
A’s Beat Tigers To Break Losing Streak 2-0
By Barbara Mason
Oakland A’s lead off hitter Tony Kemp connected for a homer in the third inning helping the Oakland A’s (11-18) break their nine game losing streak beating the Detroit Tigers (8-20) 2-0.
The homer in the third inning was a solo shot for Kemp giving the A’s a 1-0 lead. In the fourth inning Sean Murphy had a double and would advance to third when Seth Brown flied out. A single by Chad Pinder drove Murphy home and Oakland would take a 2-0 lead. They would take that lead into the ninth inning looking to break their long losing streak.
Starting pitcher for Oakland Paul Blackburn had a great outing going 6 2/3 innings. He was relieved by Zach Jackson for 1.1 innings. Dany Jimenez would be the closer for Oakland.
Michael Pineda was the losing pitcher for Detroit. The Tigers have now lost five games in a row.
In the ninth inning not only Javier Baez would be tossed from the game but also manager A.J. Hinch. Baez did not agree with the strike out call and things got really heated leading to the ejection.
Things got very tense in the ninth inning when Jimenez put two on base with two outs. Robbie Grossman hit a single, stole second and then Jiminez would walk Austin Meadows. The Oakland closer would pull it together and close out the game striking out Jonathan Schoop for the win.
Tuesday the A’s will play the Tigers in a doubleheader. Oakland will be the home team in the first of the two games. First pitch is scheduled for 10:10 am PDT at Comerica Park. Starting pitchers for the front game, for the “visiting” Tigers Tarik Skubal (1-2 ERA 3.04) and for the A’s Frankie Montas (2-2 ERA 3.44) and in the night cap the A’s have not announced a starter and for the Tigers right hander Alex Faedo (0-0 ERA 3.60) will get the call.