The usually patient Oakland Athletics just couldn’t figure out Rick Porcello on Tuesday night in Detroit.
The right-hander needed just 95 pitches to shut out Oakland and send the club to its second defeat in a row. After losing 3-0 to the Detroit Tigers, the A’s are now 51-32 on the season. Starter Brad Mills worked six inning and racked up six strikeouts, but also allowed three earned runs as he suffered his first loss with the club.
The A’s managed just four hits on the night, including a fifth inning single off the bat of catcher Stephen Vogt. The 29-year-old is now hitting .343 since joining the team exactly a month ago. Left fielder Craig Gentry, who was filling in for the sidelined Yoenis Cespedes, also collected a single.
The other two hits belonged to Jed Lowrie. The shortstop, who is hitting .226 on the season, has now produced three two-hit games in the last four contests.
Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless seventh and has allowed just one run in his last four outings.
Up next, the A’s face the Tigers on Wednesday at Comerica Park in the final game of a three-city road trip. With first pitch scheduled for 10:08am, Jesse Chavez (6-4, 2.94 ERA) gets the call for Oakland against Justin Verlander (6-7, 4.80 ERA).
Note: Cespedes, who missed out on Game 2 with a minor hamstring injury, could return to the lineup as the DH on Wednesday, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.