Tigers Drop Sixth Straight, A’s Win 6-1


Jun 3, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) in the dugout before the game against the Oakland Athletics at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Tigers struggles continued Wednesday night, as they dropped their sixth consecutive game in a 6-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics.

Billy Burns got things rolling for the Athletics in the second. He smacked a bases clearing triple down the first base line off starter Anibal Sanchez, putting the A’s up 3-0 early. Josh Reddick hit a solo home run the following inning to make it 4-0, and that was more than enough considering the Tigers inability to hit the baseball.

Not helping Detroit’s cause was Oakland Ace Sonny Gray, who was flawless. He made the Tigers look like a AA team all night, having his way with almost every batter he faced. Gray went eight innings and only allowed two hits, while striking out seven. He is now 7-2 on the year.

Sanchez settled down a bit, but unfortunately the damage was already done. He made it seven innings, allowing the four runs early and walking four more. He only struck out one batter.

Angel Nesbitt was putrid for the second night in a row. He hit two batters and walked another, loading the bases before being pulled for Alex Wilson. Wilson gave up a sac fly to make it 6-0.

Half of the Tigers four hits Wednesday night came off the bat of Miguel Cabrera. Miguel got on base for his twenty second straight game, as he singled off Gray early and drove in the Tigers lone RBI in the bottom of the ninth off Fernando Rodriguez. It snapped a 13 inning scoreless drought for the Tigers in the series, when Jose Iglesias scored after reaching on the Tigers third hit before Caberea doubled him home.

Ian Kinsler was again hitless, but he did reach first base on an error with two outs in the ninth. He is now 5 for his last 50 at bats.

Shane Greene (4-4 5.19 ERA) looks to stop the bleeding for the Tigers tomorrow afternooon, as he goes up against Jesse Hahn (2-5 3.77 ERA) at 1:08 EST at Comerica Park. One of Hahn’s two wins this season was a four hit, complete game shutout against the Tigers on May 25th.