Detroit Tigers swept by Oakland Athletics


The Detroit Tigers lost to the Oakland Athletics on Thursday.

Also, grass is green.

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With this loss the Tigers have been swept in back-to-back series, totaling for seven losses in a row. This is the team’s longest such streak since April of 2011.

Heading into Thursday’s contest Shane Greene was coming off the worst outing of his career, a start in which he gave up seven runs and was pulled before the end of the second inning. If Greene was looking for a rebound, he was sorely disappointed:

Greene’s final line: 4.1 IP, 8 Hits, 4 ER, 2 K’s

Greene’s ERA now sits at 5.40 (yikes).

Oakland starter Jesse Hahn looked like a reincarnated Tom Seaver and for some reason the Tigers have still not been able to figure him out.

Hahn’s final line: 7.0 IP, 5 Hits, 1 ER, 5 K’s

Things turned sour for Detroit early on; in the top of the second inning with a runner on first, Shane Greene botched a throw to second base, allowing Josh Reddick to score for Oakland. Right after that Josh Phegley (who?) tripled to score two more runs.

Oakland leads 3-0.

Just an inning later, in the top of the third, the dreaded Billy Butler doubled to left field to score Stephen Vogt. Butler then slapped out another hit to score one more run.

Oakland now leads 6-0.

The Tigers rallied in the later innings, beginning with a single off the bat of Miguel Cabrera in the bottom of the sixth.

After the A’s tacked on one more run in the top of the seventh, the Tigers looked as though they were doomed.

Things got really interesting as A’s reliever Dan Otero took the mound, giving up four runs in the bottom of the ninth to pull Detroit within a couple of runs. Daniel Fields hit a double, the first hit of his career, only to be scored by Ian Kinsler.

Tyler Collins then stepped up to knock his first HR of the season into the stands.

Detroit now trailed 5-7.

But, the rally came up short as Tyler Clippard finished up the last couple Detroit batters to complete the sweep.

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