Detroit Tigers B Squad Loses Opener to Oakland A’s 4-0
By Steve Mitzel
Who are these guys? I found myself asking this very question as I listened to the Detroit Tigers-Oakland Athletics game this Memorial Day.
Hernan Perez. James McCann, Tyler Collins, Dixon Machado
And across the aisle we had:
Billy Burns, Marcus Semien, Mark Canha, Jesse Hahn
Dan Dickerson noted on the broadcast “Not one player was in the lineup for either team as they played a year ago”. That’s amazing to think about – 20 players and not one of them the same in three hundred sixty five days.
Manager Brad Ausmus decided to give Miguel Cabrera his first day off all season and throw up a minor league lineup against the ailing A’s.
Ausmus gave many Detroit Tiger fans, even the hard core fans, a very hard decision on Memorial Day to watch the game or go enjoy their family or one of the Memorial Day movie releases like Tomorrowland, Poltergeist or even Pitch Perfect 2.
In the end it was No Name Athletics beating the No Name Detroit Tigers 4-0 easily. The Pitch Perfect 2 award went to A’s pitcher Jesse Hahn who pitched a four hitter and his first career complete game against the Detroit No Namers’.
The Tigers tumbled to third place after the game looking up in the Central Division now at both the surging Minnesota Twins and the strong Kansas City Royals. Brad Ausmus continues to baffle Tiger fans with his decision making.
The A’s had one great inning in the sixth that wiped off a really good start from Tiger Shane Greene. Those Nobodies from Oakland including third basemen Max Muncy, first baseman Nick Canha, center fielder Sam Fuld and old Tiger killer Billy Butler drove in four runs in the sixth inning from which the Tigers never recovered or even threatened.
The Tigers are on a seven game west coast trip playing both Oakland and the Angels in Los Angeles after going 3-4 in a disappointing home stand against Milwaukee and Houston.
Tomorrow the Tigers throw what seems to be ace through five innings, David Price, against righty Jesse Chavez at 10:05PM Eastern Time.
Miggy Rests –the Tigers rested Miguel Cabrera for the first time all season, playing all-star utility player Hernan Perez at0-4 first base.
MLB Debut – With China Doll Jose Iglesias hurt yet again for a knee “contusion” (laymen’s terms for a bruise), the Tigers called infielder Dixon Machado from Toledo. Machado went 0-3 and committed his first error as well.