The A’s sit top of the American League West while the Tigers are achieving the same feat in the AL Central. But the contest became very one-sided once the A’s big hitters got to work in the second innings.
With superb defensive cover from starting pitcher Tommy Milone, who pitched a shutout from 6 2/3 innings, the batters got to work and scored five homers and destroyed visiting pitcher Drew Smyly.
Brandon Moss started the A’s attack with a homer in the bottom of the second, when his hit bounced off the glove of fielder Austin Jackson and over the fence. Kyle Banks added a second in the second with one down to left field for his first career at-bat at O.co Coliseum.
Blanks was the star of the show going 2-for-3 with his three runs against the Tigers. Josh Donaldson added a third with a solo shot which managed to sneak inside the left-field foul pole.
Shortly after Yoenis Cespedes as able to make it 4-0 in the third with a stroke out to left field.
Smyly’s punishment continued when Coco Crisp hit a sacrifice fly for Donaldson to get home with an RBI single to centre.
Smyly entered the Coliseum on Monday with a respectable 2.97 ERA but after being displaced for six runs in five innings, his figures took a pounding.
The punishment continued once Smyly left the field as Derek Norris smashed his fifth career grand slam homer which completed the rout.
The A’s stretched their lead of AL West to 2.5 games over the Los Angeles Angels, while the Tigers’ stutter continued after three defeats in a row. The Tigers still hold a healthy five game win lead over their nearest challengers the Chicago White Sox in AL Central.
The series continues tonight with the mouth-watering match up of A’s in-form pitcher Sonny Gray against the Tigers’ Max Scherzer. Gray sits on a 5-1 season record and 1.99 ERA while his opponent Scherzer has a 6-1 season record with 2.59 ERA.
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