The A’s got their runs the top frame, highlighted by Josh Reddick’s solo shot to right that was aided by strong winds. Vogt made it 3 when he scored on Crisp’s sacrifice fly to left field. There was a play at the plate on Patrick Kerney Jersey Crisp’s flyball, but Vogt easily beat the throw. Peralta’s heave was on target, but there wasn’t much mustard behind it. THIRD INNING: A’S 1, TIGERS 0 The A’s draw first blood when Crisp scored from second after Miguel Cabrera couldn’t handle a hard-hit grounder with two outs. Sanchez limited the bleeding to one run after he struck out Smith to strand runners on first and second. The Tigers are fortunate they’re only trailing by a run right now.
The A’s have stranded five today and are only 1-for-7 with runners scoring position. As for Cabrera? He was visibly frustrated Paul McQuistan Jersey the dugout after the inning. He was spotted pointing at the field talking with several teammates, including Sanchez. My thoughts? It was clearly error. Cabrera was terrible position and didn’t square up, allowing the ball to bounce into the outfield. If he had put his body front of the grounder, it would’ve bounced off his chest, which would’ve kept the run from scoring. SECOND INNING: TIGERS 0, A’S 0 Still nervous about Jhonny Peralta playing left field?
With the wind behind the ball, Peralta made a tricky catch at the warning track and was promptly greeted to a loud cheer and a small standing ovation. Two batters later, he called off and Iglesias and caught a routine flyball. Once again, he was rewarded with another loud ovation. The offense, meanwhile, continues to struggle. The Tigers go the second, extending their streak to 19 straight innings without a run scored. FIRST INNING: TIGERS 0, A’S 0 Rarely do you a pitcher give a fist-pump the first inning, but Sanchez was clearly pumped after getting Cespedes to whiff at a high fastball for a third strike for out No. 3. It was a big out for Sanchez, who was able to escape the first inning unscathed after giving up a leadoff double to Coco Crisp and a two-out walk to Moss. The Tigers, meanwhile, got a two-out single from Cabrera, but came up empty handed after Fielder hit a two-out popup to short. Austin continues to look lost at the plate after another strikeout — his sixth his last seven at-bats. PREGAME: I know, some of you are angry. And it’s totally understandable.
How are you supposed to watch arguably the biggest Tigers game of the year when you’re stuck at work? Even more upsetting? Today’s game only be televised on MLB Network. How are you supposed to watch the game if you’re a ! cable subscriber? It’s a problem. But I think I can help. Hear me out for a second. I’m sitting the press box right now at Comerica Park. Let me be your eyes and ears. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. Want to know how Jhonny Peralta looks left field today? I’ll tell you. And what about Miguel Cabrera? Yep, I’ll clue you on that, too. I know, it’s not ideal, but it is what it is. So, let me help.