Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A's Dominate Tigers with Long Balls and Tommy Milone

After a streaky road trip, the Athletics returned to Oakland on Sunday, having dropped four games straight, the most consecutive losses for the team this season. Set amongst the backdrop of AstroTurf woes and a tough travel schedule, the A’s came home to face the Detroit Tigers, the very same team that knocked them out of the ALDS in 2012 and 2013.

A sell-out crowd was there to meet the green and gold as they took the field on Memorial Day, after a memorable rendition of the National Anthem performed on violin by Dr. Peter Wilson. Tommy Milone dealt 6 2/3 sparkling shut out innings, earning his third win of the year. Milone was backed up in style by the A’s offense which went yard twice in the second (Moss, Blanks) twice in the fourth (Donaldson, Cespedes) and capped off the day’s scoring with a grand slam in the eighth (Norris). When all was said and done, the A’s routed the Tigers by a final score of 10-0.

The Athletics have three more games in the set against Detroit. While they won’t see formidable ace Justin Verlander in this series, there are still great pitching matchups to look forward to – Gray vs. Scherzer, Kazmir vs. Sanchez. Following the Tigers series the A’s will be hosting division rivals, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who currently trail Oakland by two and a half games in the AL West.

Posted by Emilia Ortega

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