Oakland, CA (WKZO) – It was the typical Justin Verlander type outing we’ve gotten so used to over the years. Six innings, one run allowed and six strikeouts and another victory in the win column for the Tigers. Backed by not only Verlander’s stellar performance but three home runs from the Tigers bats, Detroit defeated Oakland, ending their nine game winning streak in the process, 7-3 on Saturday afternoon.
Getting the home run parade started was Torii Hunter, as he blasted his first long ball as a Tiger to the left field bleachers, tying the game at one in the third inning. Prince Fielder put the Tigers up 2-1 with a solo shot to open the fourth inning for Detroit. After the next two batters reached base, Jhonny Peralta jacked his first home run of the season increasing the Tigers lead to 5-1, which was more than enough for Verlander.
This was the second straight game Fielder has homered and he continues to lead the Tigers with 18 RBI’s and four home runs. Over his last eight games, Prince is hitting a ridiculous .556 (15-27) during his current eight game hitting streak. Hunter also has an eight game hitting streak and is 15-33 during that span.
A’s starter Brett Anderson lasted just 5 2/3 innings and was credited with all seven Tigers run and is now 1-2 this season.
*Verlander walked back to back hitters in the fourth on 3-2 counts, but then struck out Eric Sogard and Derek Norris to end the inning.
*Tigers added a pair of runs with two outs in the sixth inning. Brayan Pena, making the start at catcher, got his first RBI as a Tiger with a double scoring Omar Infante from first. Pena’s double was the last pitch for Brett Anderson. Pat Neshek replaced Anderson and gave up a double to Austin Jackson, the first batter he faced, scoring Pena and putting the Tigers up 7-1.
* Joaquin Benoit came in with one out in the eighth. After loading the bases he got out of the jam with no damage done. Benoit ended the game with three straight strike outs in the ninth.
*A’s shortstop Andy Parrino made a leaping diving stop to rob Torii Hunter of a base hit in the first inning.
*With one out in the second, Verlander allowed back to back singles, then gave up a Derek Norris double with two outs, scoring Oakland’s only run off JV.
*Victor Martinez had a rough day. After Prince Fielder walked in the fifth, Martinez grounded into double play ending the inning. In the seventh Seth Smith made a sliding catch to rob Martinez of a base hit.
*Oakland added a pair of runs in the seventh inning off Al Alburquerque who replaced Verlander. He walked the first batter he faced, and then allowed a double to Sogard. After getting the next batter out, Chris Young doubled, scoring two runs. Alburquerque was replaced by Phil Coke who got out of inning.
Game Notes: All nine Tigers starters reached base, with only Miguel Cabrera not recording a hit…Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes missed Saturday’s game after suffering injures on Friday. Crisp is day to day with an injured groin but Cespedes was placed on the 15 day DL with a strained muscle in his right hand…A’s manager Bob Melvin was tossed in the eighth inning for arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Andy Fletcher…Athletics were just 2-13 with RISP…Sunday concludes the three game series. Tigers send out Anibal Sanchez (1-0, 1.50 ERA). Jarrod Parker (0-1, 6.48) starts for Oakland. First pitch is set for 4:05pm on 590 WKZO.