Tigers blanked by A's
Oakland, Calif. — With a cobbled-together lineup already making life tough on the Tigers, a slipshod series of miscues and missed opportunities turned into an ugly, 4-0 loss to the Oakland A's at O.co Coliseum on Monday.
The Tigers got only four hits against A's starter Jesse Hahn, which might have been a different story had Miguel Cabrera and his "cranky" ankle not been sitting for a day, as was injured shortstop Jose Iglesias.
Iglesias' stand-in, rookie Dixon Machado, made an error in the fifth. He also missed making a force-out on Billy Butler's ground ball — a play the magical Iglesias probably makes — which factored in a four-run burst in the sixth against Tigers starter Shane Greene.
That inning turned a scoreless game in which Greene and Hahn were dueling into a contest in which the hitting-strapped Tigers weren't about to challenge on Memorial Day.
The Tigers, meanwhile, didn't seem to notice that A's infielders three times booted grounders for errors that could have opened the gate for a big-inning surge of the kind Oakland threw at Detroit in the sixth.
The Tigers stitched together a measly four hits, all singles: two by Tyler Collins, and one each from Nick Castellanos and Anthony Gose.
That brand of mush was no way to break a losing streak that now rests at three as manager Brad Ausmus' team begins a seven-day West Coast trip that later this week moves from Oakland to Los Angeles.
Cabrera was replaced by Hernan Perez, who did nothing to make the Tigers forget about Cabrera. He was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. Which given Monday's performances was quite in character with a team overall.