The Oakland Athletics were swept out of the Motor City on Wednesday afternoon.
The 9-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers drops the club to 51-33 and means that Oakland ends the three-city road trip 4-4.
Jesse Chavez was staked to a 2-0 lead in the first inning thanks to home runs from Coco Crisp and Brandon Moss. For Moss, the home run was his team-leading 19th. The left-handed hitter finished the game 4-for-4.
Chavez, however, was unable to hold onto the early advantage.
The right-hander surrendered single runs in the first, third and fourth innings with the first two coming on two-out RBI-singles off the bat of Torii Hunter.
In the top of the sixth, with the A’s trailing 3-2, the team had a chance to even up the score. Oakland had runners on the corners with no outs, but ultimately were unable to bring the runners home against Justin Verlander.
Half an inning later, the Tigers broke the game open. The sixth began ominously when Chavez walked the first two batters before manager Bob Melvin brought on Jim Johnson.
That move didn’t work out. Rajai Davis gashed the A’s for two runs as he chopped a single up the middle. Johnson would go on to allow hits to four of the five batters he faced as the Tigers ended up scoring six runs in the inning.
Note: Melvin said “there’s a chance” that Eric O’Flaherty could join the club on Thursday in Oakland., according to Jane Lee of MLB.com. The left-hander has been rehabbing in the minor leagues as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery.
Roxy Bernstein of 95.7 The Game provided a note on just how uncharacteristically impatient the A’s have been at the plate.
4th straight game #Athletics opposing starter has not walked a batter. A’s have only drawn 1 in the 4 games.
— Roxy Bernstein (@roxybernstein) July 2, 2014