Considering their playoff history, it’s easy to assume that the Oakland Athletics dread a trip to Detroit. However, their recent results in the Motor City have been excellent. Wednesday’s 3-2 victory clinched the A’s second sweep of the Detroit Tigers in three years.
Daniel Mengden pitched seven scoreless innings to extend his scoreless innings streak to 16 and Marcus Semien drove in all of his team’s runs with a third-inning double and a seventh-inning homer.
Things got hairy in the ninth inning when closer Blake Treinen was unavailable after pitching three straight days and Ryan Dull encountered trouble in his second inning of work. With two runs scoring against Dull on an Andrew Romine single, Liam Hendriks was called on to get the last two outs. Hendriks got Jose Iglesias to ground into a force out, and, despite allowing the tying run to reach scoring position on a wild pitch, struck out Alex Presley to end the game. It was Hendriks’ first career save.
Matt Olson’s homer streak came to an end at five games. The first baseman walked once and struck out three times. He has 21 walks in 55 games to go with his 23 home runs.
Mengden shut down the Tigers offense across seven innings. He struck out four and allowed seven hits, but did not walk a batter. Of the seven hits, only two were for extra bases, both doubles.
Since being recalled, Mengden has allowed two earned runs in 22 innings and has issued two walks in that span.
Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez allowed just one run in six innings and struck out eight, but Daniel Stumpf gave up a single to Bruce Maxwell and surrendered the homer to Semien.
Maxwell scored two runs on the day. He was removed in the ninth inning after taking a foul ball off the mask.