Which of the following statements about Brandon Inge is true: A) He is the first player with four games of four or more RBI’s in a five-game stretch since Lou Gehrig in 1931, B) He is only the second A’s player to hit two grand slams in a three game span since Jimmie Foxx in 1932, C) He is batting .244 with 4 home runs, and 17 RBI’s since he joined Oakland on April 30th, or D) All of the above. Sadly, you know the answer.
The Oakland A’s soundly thumped the Tigers, 11-4, last night behind another home run from Inge, a monster night from outfielder Josh Reddick, and a solid pitching performance from starter Tommy Milone (5-2).
Tigers starter Rick Porcello struggled through five innings giving up four runs on nine hits. After two good starts, and two wins, Porcello (3-3) could not keep the A’s off the base paths. A streak of nine straight quality starts by the Tigers starters ended, and Porcello’s ERA is now 5.18.
A’s starter Milone pitched seven strong innings allowing only one earned run, and striking out six. He retired the final 10 batters he faced, and is the first A’s pitcher to win five games this season.
If Inge never played in Detroit the real story of the evening would have been Reddick. He went 4-4 with two home runs and five RBI’s, and added a walk, four runs, and a stolen base. Reddick is 6-9 in the series, and has raised his batting average almost 30 points in the past week.
The Tigers bullpen continues to baffle minds, and give up runs. Duane Below relieved Porcello in the sixth, and gave up four runs on three hits, and a walk. Collin Balester followed Below in the seventh, and gave up three runs on one hit, and two walks. Both coughed up home runs. Luke Putonken stopped the bleeding by pitching a 1-2-3 eighth inning.
Tigers hitters continued to struggle with scoring runs. They hit into three double plays, and are currently tied for third with the Minnesota Twins for most in the American League with 31. Ryan Raburn had another hitless night, and his average is now .128. He has three hits in his last 10 games.
Andy Dirks keeps showing that he should remain the number two hitter in the line-up. He was 1-3 with a walk, and a run scored last night. If his hamstring injury is not serious he should be in the line-up everyday. Miguel Cabrera may have found his swing again. He went 2-4 last night, and is 6-9 in the series.
Game three of this four game series starts tonight at 8:05 EST. Doug Fister (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.75 WHIP) takes the mound for the Tigers against Brandon McCarthy (2-3, 2.96 ERA, 1.38 WHIP) for the A’s.
About the Author
Written by Jeremy Klumpp
I am a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Electronic Media and Film. For two years I wrote a baseball blog, "Ground Rule Double," and have contributed to a book on the 1968 Detroit Tigers. If you want to read my non-sports thoughts head to jklumpp1.posterous.com.