Well, well, well. Perhaps there remains a flicker for the boys with the “Holy Toledo” patches after all. Four innings complete here in Detroit, and the A’s are up 3-0. They’ve led since the third batter of the game, meaning they’ve played more innings (four) with the lead in this one than they had the entire series (two).
Dan Haren is once again showing why he’s the the best choice to pitch a big game for the A’s. He’s been nasty from the beginning, his splitter falling of the table and his fastball moving with electricity. He’s held Detroit to just two hits through four, and has seven strikeouts. He’s also pitched out of his only jam, fanning Ivan Rodriguez on three pitches and shattering Alexis Gomez’s bat to kill Detroit’s first-and-second, one-out threat in the fourth.
Meantime, Milton Bradley has remained in the game, but it’s clear his right thigh muscle is bugging him. Not sure if he can keep playing on it, but Bradley has shown himself to be a gamer of the highest level.
Anyway, halfway done here (the A’s went in order in the top of the fifth), and a three-run lead. Think the A’s would’ve taken that without any objections when the day began?