Detroit Tigers (15-15) vs. Oakland Athletics (14-17)
First Pitch: 4:05 PM EST
Stadium: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California
Weather: Sunny, High 69 Degrees
Media: Fox Sports Detroit/ 97.1 The Ticket
- Andrew Romine (CF)
- Nicholas Castellanos (3B)
- Miguel Cabrera (1B)
- Victor Martinez (DH)
- Justin Upton (LF)
- Jim Adduci (RF)
- James McCann (C)
- Jose Iglesias (SS)
- Dixon Machado (2B)
W: Santiago Casilla (1-1, 3.00 ERA)
L: Francisco Rodriguez (BS 4, 1-4, 8.49 ERA)
The Tigers score first in this game as they have in all three games of the series. In the top of the 3rd inning, Dixon Machado reached on a flare single to right field and took second on a pitch in the dirt. Romine grounded out to second advancing Machado to third. Nicholas Castellanos got some luck as he tried to check his swing but made contact with the ball that ended up going down the first base line and into right field. Machado came around to score to give the Tigers an early 1-0 lead and Castellanos got a double out of the check swing hit.
The A’s struck back in the bottom of the third as last night’s hero Adam Rosales hit an RBI double to left center scoring Chad Pinder evening the score 1-1. Former Tiger Rajai Davis later in the inning would give Oakland the 2-1 lead with a RBI double to left field, scoring Rosales.
Oakland would build on their lead in the bottom of the 4th when the red hot Yonder Alonso two-run homer to right center that gave Oakland a 4-1 lead.
The Tigers bounced back in the top of the 5th scoring three runs to tie the game 4-4.Dixon Machado reached first on an infield single and advanced to second on a passed ball. Andrew Romine reached first a ground ball that was kicked by Oakland first baseman Yonder Alonso. Miguel Cabrera was able to knock in Machado and Victor Martinez knocked in Andrew Romine by beating the shift hitting a single to left field in which Cabrera advanced to third. Cabrera later scored in the inning on a wild pitch.
Oakland regained the lead in the bottom of the 5th when Trevor Plouffe knocked in Khris Davis that gave Oakland the lead again 5-4. The lead did not last long as in the top of the 6th, after Jim Adduci walked, James McCann hit a two run bomb to left field. That gave the Tigers the lead again 6-5.
Once again the other members of the Tigers bullpen did their job as Shane Green, Blaine Hardy and Justin Wilson pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings.
Then enter the bottom of the ninth inning and enter Francisco Rodriguez. The inning did not get off to a great start as former Tiger Rajai Davis walked. Up next was Jed Lowrie who knocked in Davis with a RBI double tying the game 6-6 and giving K-Rod his second blown save in consecutive days and fourth for the season. After getting Khris Davis to fly out, up came the newest hero for the Oakland Athletics: Ryon Healy.
Healy hits a walk off home run to left field and gave Oakland the 8-6 walk off victory, their second walk off win of the series.
As George Santayana said:
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
The Tigers will be off on Monday to travel to Arizona. On Tuesday the Tigers kick off a mini two game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Justin Verlander will pitch on Tuesday and was preparing in Oakland for his upcoming at bats.
Justin Verlander hit a home run during #bp. He flexed.
— anthony fenech (@anthonyfenech) May 6, 2017
Former Tiger Robbie Ray will pitch Tuesday for Arizona. On the year Ray has a 2-2 record with a 3.47 ERA and has struck out 49 in 36 1/3 IP. First pitch on Tuesday will be at 9:40 PM EST and can be seen on Fox Sports Detroit and heard on 97.1 The Ticket.