The A’s lost 12-2 on Tuesday night to the Detroit Tigers, which in and of itself isn’t disastrous. A.J. Griffin had his first bad night as a major leaguer, but that too was expected at some point. The worst thing that came out of Tuesday’s lopsided loss for the A’s is that it gave the Tigers hope. Tuesday’s win moved Detroit to within five games of Baltimore for the A.L.’s second wild card spot, pending the Orioles’ game at Seattle late Tuesday night. That’s a ton of ground to still make up in a short amount of time. But the Tigers feel like they have a purpose. And giving a talented team like this motivation could make them very tough over the final two games of this series for Oakland. The fact that Detroit will throw Justin Verlander on Wednesday swings momentum even more in their favor.
Starting out 0-1 on this 10-game road trip isn’t terrible for the A’s. But where will they go from here? Running Brett Anderson to the mound Wednesday is a good place to start. That stat line from Thursday’s loss against the Angels looked worse than he actually pitched. And if you’re looking for a positive sign entering Wednesday and Thursday, consider that the Tigers as a team are hitting just .249 against left-handed pitchers, compared to .275 against right-handers. The A’s start Anderson and fellow lefty Tommy Milone in the final two games of this series.
Some other tidbits from Tuesday night:
–Stephen Drew went 0 for 4, left six men on base, and committed a throwing error. “All the way around, he just had a tough night,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “He doesn’t usually throw balls away in the fashion that he did on that ball.” Drew did not sugarcoat things himself.
“My night was kind of frustrating,” he said. “Mossy (Brandon Moss) got some key hits and put me in good situations. I just didn’t get the job done.”
–Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera’s big night helped him establish new career highs with 40 homers and 129 RBIs. MVP-type numbers, no doubt, along with his .333 batting average. But a certain outfielder in Anaheim who will have a say in the matter too …