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Oakland vs. Detroit: Detroit defeats Oakland 6-0, Athletics win next game 4-1

The Oakland Athletics defeated the Detroit Tigers by a margin-wide 4-1 on Tuesday at Comerica Park. Oakland is leading the game series 2-1 despite a shameful defeat in the previous matchup where Detroit wrapped the game with an absolute win of 6-0. Both franchises are preparing for the next game this Wednesday.

The Tigers made the decision to employ 2017 draft No. 18 overall pick right-handed pitcher Alex Faedo in the second game. He managed five innings of a two-run ball. However, Faedo’s pitching was overrun by Athletics pitcher Adrian Martinez heading into the sixth inning. Martinez had just made his MLB debut.

Oakland and Detroit’s doubleheader game on Tuesday ended up with each team securing a single victory point ahead of Wednesday’s game.

Tigers win first game

Detroit claimed a 6-0 win in the first game. The Tigers did not deploy Faedo in the first Tuesday’s matchup. Instead, pitcher Tarik Skubal took on the stage for himself and led the team. He strikeout five, walked out three, and managed three holds.

“It felt good to win,” Skubal said. “Their guy was really good, so I was just trying to give us a chance to stay in the game and get some late offense.”

Shortstop Elvis Andrus and left fielder Chad Pinder collided in the fifth inning as both players were trying to deal with a fly ball by Detroit left fielder Willi Castro. Andrus and Pinder required immediate attention from team trainers but remained in the game. The duo, however, did not feature in the second game. The same was true for Detroit’s Skubal.

“It’s scary when you are running out there, because you have the worst-case scenario running through your head,” The Athletics manager Mark Kotsay said. “Luckily, Elvis’ shin—the one that hasn’t needed surgery—just grazed Chad’s temple. Our trainers took every precaution, and Chad passed all the concussion tests.”

Oakland was the visiting team in the second game when the hosting team fielded Faedo. However, unlike in the previous game, the Athletics came prepared with their offensive run support via Martinez, who countered Faedo in the sixth inning.

Faedo managed a whopping seven strikeouts, walked out two, and managed three holds. While Martinez only had three strikeouts and four holds in addition to 5 1/3 scoreless innings.

“There’s zero anxiousness. “He’s not all over the map. He’s pretty dialed in.” Detroit manager A.J. Hinch praised the 26-year-old Faedo.

The Tigers were not that threatening in the second matchup. They were only 9-12, finished the game with only seven hits, and walked out two and five strikeouts. Hinch acknowledged that Martinez was a force to be reckoned with.

“We had a tough first half of the game against the new kid,” Hinch added. “Giving ourselves a chance at the end is more what we expect from our guys, the type of at-bats and taking whatever they give us.”

The Tigers hitting and singles efforts via right fielder Austin Meadows, designated hitter Miguel Cabrera, second baseman Jonathan Schoop, Castro, and catcher Eric Haase were much to be praised for. Rookie baseman Spencer Torkelson had double singles on strikeout and hit-by-pitch. He was 2-for-35 in his past 11 games.

“We gave ourselves an opportunity with one of our best hitters up,” Hinch said. “Can’t ask for more than that.”

Oakland (Pittsburgh)

Oakland is the academic and healthcare center of Pittsburgh and one of the city’s major cultural centers. The neighborhood is home to three universities, museums, and hospitals, (wikipedia)

Detroit Tigers

The Detroit Tigers are an American professional baseball team based in Detroit. The Tigers compete in Major League Baseball as a member of the American League Central division. (wikipedia)

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Harry James
Harry James' love for sports began in his high school basketball days. Sadly, an injury meant he couldn't further his NBA dreams, but the hooper's loss is our gain as he then found journalism.

Harry James' love for sports began in his high school basketball days. Sadly, an injury meant he couldn't further his NBA dreams, but the hooper's loss is our gain as he then found journalism.

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