The Oakland Athletics would be very happy to play the Detroit Tigers every day for the rest of the season. On Saturday afternoon in Detroit, the A’s defeated the Tigers for the 15th consecutive time. That winning streak dates back to May 6, 2017, which means Oakland has not lost a game to Detroit in over two years. That is nothing short of incredible.
The Mustached One wants to stay in Oakland
The pitcher with the handlebar mustache — Daniel Mengden — made his second start of the season for the A’s on Saturday. He made it a quality start by working seven complete innings. Mengden allowed one run (earned) off three hits. He struck out five Detroit hitters while walking just two batters.
Mengden threw 95 pitches (62 strikes) en route to his first win of the 2019 season. This outstanding performance may have earned Mengden a regular spot in the A’s starting rotation.
Lou Trivino relieved Mengden in the eighth inning and held the lead for the starter. Trivino allowed no runs and gave up just one hit.
Blake Treinen came on in the ninth inning to close it out for Oakland. He did not allow the Tigers to score and gave up just one hit. He also struck out one batter. Treinen earned his seventh save of the season.
The A’s scored first and never looked back
The Athletics put the first runs up on the board in the top of the third inning when Nick Hundley hit a home run to right field with Profar on base to give his team a 2-0 lead. Ultimately, that would be all the runs Oakland would need to win the game, but they were not done scoring for the day.
In the top the fifth inning, Jurickson Profar hit his fifth double of the year to left field that drove Robbie Grossman home to score the A’s third run of the contest.
Chad Pinder put the icing on the cake in the top of the seventh inning when he hit his fifth home run of the year to left center field to give the A’s a 4-1 lead.
The Tigers scored their only run in the fourth inning when Ronny Rodriguez scored on a wild pitch thrown by Mengden.
Boyd took the loss for the Tigers
Matthew Boyd made the start for Detroit and he was hung with the loss. Boyd worked 6.1-innings giving up four runs (all earned) on seven hits. He struck out eight Oakland hitters, but he also allowed two home runs.
Boyd’s record now stands at 4-4 for the season.
Season Series Finale on Sunday
The A’s and Tigers will wrap up their 2019 season series on Sunday in Detroit. Former Tigers pitcher Mike Fiers (3-3) will take the ball for the A’s while LHP Gregory Soto (0-2) gets the call to the mound for the Tigers. First pitch is scheduled for 10:10 AM Pacific Daylight Savings Time.
Clayton Kershaw was masterful–and the clear winner of the Bumgarner-Kershaw matchup–but he wasn’t around for the finish on Monday night. That allowed the Giants an opening, and they made the most of it, scoring four times in the ninth to escape with a 5-2 win over the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.
Prior to the ninth, the Giants were stymied by Kershaw, who was both different and the same, mowing down San Francisco hitters as usual but employing a confounding curveball, and changing speeds to keep the Giants at bay. Kershaw started 18 of the 27 hitters he faced with first-pitch strikes, struck out nine, walked none, allowed four singles and dominated the proceedings for eight innings.
“He was better than me tonight for sure, but we were better than they were,” Bumgarner said of Kershaw. “I think that is a good way to put it.”
But once again, after throwing 110 pitches, Kershaw wasn’t around for the finish. And the Dodgers’ bullpen, without closer Kenley Jansen, was on the spot after blowing leads in each of the previous, three ballgames at Colorado. And the Giants, on life support in the NL West, were desperate for any type of momentum-building moment.
And this time, fate swung the Giants way, and directly in the face of their 2-51 record in 2018 when trailing after eight innings.
Scott Alexander, needing just one more strike to end it, allowed a two-run single to pinch-hitter Nick Hundley. Gorkys Hernandez followed with an RBI single to increase the Giants’ lead to 4-2. Then after Hernandez stole second base, Max Muncy’s fielding error on Stephen Duggar’s grounder allowed Hundley to score from third.
“We had some really great at-bats there in the ninth,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “Hundley, it doesn’t get any more clutch than that.”
The Giants (60-60) shed their losing record with the win, and moved to .500 for the 22nd time this season. They trail the Diamondbacks by five games in the NL West with the Rockies and Dodgers nipping at Arizona’s heels as well.
SAN FRANCISCO–Nick Hundley has been one of the biggest bright spots for a bad Giants baseball team in 2017, a point that got hammered home on Saturday.
The journeyman catcher started behind the plate, moving Buster Posey to first base, and with the game tied in the tenth, Hundley provided the game-winning home run off reliever Ryan Sheriff.
“To play a team like the Cardinals, who are still fighting for the playoff race and to come out and get a win, it’s really important,” Hundley said. “It’s important for us, and it’s important for the league. The rest of the league deserves our best shot, too.”
The Cardinals fell seven games behind the Cubs in the NL Central with the loss, the meandering Giants simply ended a tough. ,,stretch of 10 losses in 13 ga558mes with the win, a stretch that again had folks talking about the club becoming only the second Giants team to lose 100 games (1985, 102 losses).
Starters Jeff Samardzija and Lance Lynn were the stars of the first nine innings with the Shark allowing two hits, one run in seven innings, and Lynn allowing one hit in eight innings. With the hot weather conducive to power hitting, the two starters had to be on their game to get things done. They were.
“When you have horses going like that, runs are hard to come by,” Hundley said.
A couple of singles and a wild pitch allowed the Cardinals to push across a run in the fourth. That stood as the difference in the game until Posey’s RBI single in the ninth. What drama remained, was conducted in a succinct, decisive 10th inning.
First, Dexter Fowler tripled off Sam Dyson to open the inning, the second straight day Fowler had soured Dyson’s appearance. On Friday night, Fowler’s big hit opened the floodgates. This time, Dyson responded to the challenge, escaping without allowing a run.
With pinch-runner Harrison Bader on third for the injured Fowler, Dyson induced a ground ball out from Yadier Molina. Then Stephen Piscotty also hit a grounder to third baseman Pablo Sandoval, and the Panda threw out the breaking Bader at the plate. Dyson then recorded the third out on Greg Garcia’s grounder that resulted in a fielder’s choice.
That set the table for Hundley’s heroics, the rare home run down the right field line into the arcade, launched by a right-handed hitter. Given the backup catcher’s popularity with his teammates, the ensuing celebration at home plate was especially spirited.
“He’s an amazing teammate, one of the best I’ve ever had,” Samardzija said of Hundley. “You’re not surprised because he’s always competing.”