Live Tigers blog: Tigers lose 5-1 to A's

Al Willman
The Detroit News
Athletics' Josh Reddick (22) heads to third base and then scores after this single by Jed Lowrie is deflected by Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias in the fourth inning.

An RBI double for Victor Martinez with two outs in the bottom of the ninth wasn't enough for the Tigers, as they lost 5-1 to Oakland in the second of a four-game series at Comerica Park.

Martinez was the only Tiger with two hits, as the team collected six the entire game.

Rich Hill started for Oakland, taking the win. He pitched seven shutout innings, giving up four hits and striking out eight.

Mike Pelfrey's struggles continued as he allowed five runs in 6 2/3 innings.

Top 9th: A's go in order, lead 5-0

Alex Wilson came on to pitch for the Tigers in the top of the ninth, and set the A's down in order. Detroit is down to its last three outs, trailing 5-0.

Bottom 8th: Doolittle comes on, Tigers do little

Sean Doolittle replaced Oakland starter Rich Hill to start the eighth inning, and the Tigers picked up right where they left off, going down 1-2-3. After eight, the A's maintain a 5-0 lead.

Top 8th: Tigers hold A's, still trail 5-0

The Tigers, helped by a double play, held Oakland scoreless in the top of the eighth, in Kyle Ryan's first full inning after replacing Mike Pelfrey with two outs in the seventh. Going to the bottom of the eighth, the A's lead 5-0.

Bottom 7th: Hill keeps Tigers flat

A's starter Rich Hill's night may be done after throwing 106 pitches through seven innings, but it was certainly a gem. He allowed no runs on four hits, while striking out eight and issuing no walks. After seven, the Tigers are down 5-0.

Top 7th: Pelfrey's night ends with 5 runs

After allowing a 2-run home run to Marcus Semien, giving the A's a 5-0 lead in the top of the seventh, Tigers starter Mike Pelfrey was lifted for left-handed reliever Kyle Ryan. Pelfrey went 6 2/3 innings and allowed five runs. Ryan got the last out of the inning, to stop the bleeding. Going to the bottom of the 7th, the Tigers trail 5-0.

Bottom 6th: Inning ends on questionable K

With two outs in the bottom of the sixth and Miguel Cabrera at the plate with a 1-2 count, he appeared to ask for time from home plate umpire Mark Wegner. No time was called, though Cabrera stepped out of the batter's box, and A's pitcher Rich Hill threw to the plate -- completing the strikeout. After six, the Tigers are down 3-0.

Top 6th: A's go down in order

Tigers pitcher Mike Pelfrey worked his second consecutive 1-2-3 inning, and the third of the night, to set the A's down in the top of the sixth. Detroit trails 3-0 going to the bottom of the sixth.

Bottom 5th: Tigers don't get to Hill

In the bottom of the fifth, the Tigers had only a 2-out single from Anthony Gose to show for their offense. A's starter Rich Hill is at 76 pitches through five innings, and has a 3-0 lead.

Top 5th: Pelfrey bounces back

After allowing three runs in the top of the fourth, Tigers starter Mike Pelfrey bounced back by retiring the A's in order. Through five innings, he has thrown 70 pitches, and the Tigers trail 3-0.

Bottom 4th: Tigers remain scoreless

Despite a leadoff single from Miguel Cabrera, the Tigers did not score in the fourth. J.D. Martinez grounded into an inning-ending double play, and after four the A's maintain a 3-0 lead.

Top 4th: A's open up for three runs

The A's offense struck three times, to take a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning against Tigers starter Mike Pelfrey. After Josh Reddick singled, for his second hit of the night, he stole second base when Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias bobbled the throw from catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Jed Lawrie then singled in Reddick, and scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly from Coco Crisp. Going to the bottom of the fourth, the A's lead 3-0.

Bottom 3rd: Hill keeps rolling

A's lefty Rich Hill continued his momentum, striking out the first two Tiger batters of the third and getting Justin Upton to ground out, ending the 1-2-3 inning. The Tigers and A's are scoreless after three.

Top 3rd: Upton saves homer to end inning

Tigers starter Mike Pelfrey, for the third time in as many innings, set down Oakland's first two batters of the inning. With two outs Chris Coughlin got a hold of the pitch, sending it deep to left field. Tigers left fielder Justin Upton made a leaping catch at the wall, bobbled the ball and held on for the third out -- keeping the game scoreless.

Bottom 2nd: Tigers go down in order​

A's pitcher Rich Hill appears to be settling in. The former University of Michigan hurler set the Tigers down in order, striking out his fourth batter in two innings. After two, the game is scoreless.

Top 2nd: Pelfrey strands another two-out hit

For the second straight inning, Tigers pitcher Mike Pelfrey retired the first two batters he faced. Also for the second straight inning, he gave up a two-out single, this time to A's first baseman Yonder Alonso -- who was stranded at first. The game is scoreless going to the bottom of the second.

Bottom 1st: Hill K's 3

A's starter Rich Hill, after giving up a leadoff single to Ian Kinsler and a two-out single to Victor Martinez, escaped the first by striking out Justin Upton, Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez. After one, the game is scoreless.

Top 1st: Single only damage for Pelfrey

A two-out single by Josh Reddick was the only blemish for Tigers starter Mike Pelfrey, who has struggled in his last two starts. Reddick was stranded at first, and after one half inning, the Tigers and A's are scoreless.

Pregame notes: McCann begins rehab stint, Valdez down, Farmer up; Norris off DL

After sending down right handed reliever Jose Valdez after last night's game, the Tigers recalled righty reliever Buck Farmer from Toledo. They also announced that catcher James McCann would begin a rehab assignment Tuesday night with the Mudhens. Left hander Daniel Norris was activated from the disabled list and assigned to Toledo.

The Tigers will try to make it two wins in a row over the Oakland A’s when the teams square off in the second game of a four-game series on Tuesday night at Comerica Park.

First pitch is 7:10 p.m.

The Tigers ended their four-game losing streak Monday night with a 7-3 win over the A’s. Miguel Cabrera broke out of his slump with two homers and four RBI in a 4-for-4 night.

Tigers center fielder Anthony Gose is in a slump, as well. As Chris McCosky writes, he’s “late on the fastball and out in front and swinging and missing on the breaking ball.”

Tyler Collins had an interesting night in center field Monday. He lost a fly ball by Marcus Semien in the sixth inning, and it dropped to the Comerica Park turf. Semien ended up on third base, and Collins responded to the boos by flashing a middle finger to the fans. Collins apologized after the game.

Lynn Henning says Tigers manager Brad Ausmus tries to stay on an even keel throughout the season by focusing on the big picture.


1. Ian Kinsler, 2B

2. Justin Upton, LF

3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B

4. Victor Martinez, DH

5. J.D. Martinez, RF

6. Nick Castellanos, 3B

7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C

8. Anthony Gose, CF

9. Jose Iglesias, SS

Mike Pelfrey, P


1. Billy Burns, CF

2. Chris Coghlan, 3B

3. Josh Reddick, RF

4. Jed Lowrie, 2B

5. Stephen Vogt, C

6. Coco Crisp, DH

7. Khris Davis, LF

8. Yonder Alonso, 1B

9. Marcus Semien, SS

Rich Hill, P


When: Tuesday, 7:10 p.m.

Where: Comerica Park

Pitching matchup: RH Mike Pelfrey (0-3, 3.68) vs. LH Rich Hill (2-2, 3.32)

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