A’s look to square ALDS at a game apiece
In last night’s game, the Detroit Tigers scored all of the runs they need in their first at-bat. Miguel Cabrera singled in the game’s first run. A second Tigers run scored on a double play and the final run came across on an Alex Avila single. Then they left it up to Max Scherzer (7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 11 SO).
In the home half of the 7th, the Oakland Athletics scored their pair of runs on a Yoenis Cespedes home run. Outside of the first inning, starter Bartolo Colon had a good outing (6 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 SO).
(Head over to Motor City Bengals for a full game recap.)
Here’s your info for tonight’s game.
Date: Saturday, October 5th
Start Time: 9:00 PM EST
Location: Oakland, California
Venue: O.co Coliseum
TV Info: TBS
Radio Info: ESPN Radio, 97.1 The Ticket (DET), 95.7 FM The Game (OAK)
Live Stream: MLB.tv or the MLB at Bat 12 App.
Hard to believe that Justin Verlander (13-12, 3.46 ERA, 1.315 WHIP) is not the #1 for any series involving the Tigers, but here he is starting Game 2. OF course, with Scherzer having the season he did, hard to not give him the ball for the series opener. Actually might not be a bad thing that Verlander is pitching away from Comerica Park as he was better on the road this season. His 2013 record in facing the A’s is along similar lines as in the two games he faced Oakland, he pitched well at O.co and only went 5 innings in his start at Comerica.
Oakland turns to Sonny Gray (5-3, 2.67 ERA, 1.109 WHIP) to get the A’s their first win of the series. In Gray’s 12 games (10 starts) for this season, Gray never faced Detroit. Advantage A’s? Maybe not. The Tigers hit right-handed starters fairly well (.290/.349/.437, 116 of 176 HR). The offset is Gray’s splits against righty bats. Gray will have to endure the first two innings as Detroit does some damage in those innings.