No matter how good it feels to bring back Khris Davis, after losing 8-6 to the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night, Team A has other things to consider.
After the end of the fourth game, the A team took a 6-3 lead, but the starter James Caprian could not pass the fifth game, and the A team’s bullpen could not maintain the lead.
Starling Marte hit a home run for Team A, his 10th time this season, and Miguel Cabrera (15), Akil Baddoo (14) and Harold Castro (2) hit home runs for the Tigers.
The baton Joe Jiminez improved the Tigers’ score to 5-1 with victory, while AJ Puk (0-2) lost three consecutive victories. Gregory Soto ended the track and field game in the ninth inning with his 17th save.
The inability to maintain the lead left the A team behind with a score of 73-60 and no chance to play the Houston Astros in the AL West. Houston lost 1-0 to Seattle, maintaining its five-game lead in the division. Detroit leads 63-71 in the American League. In the wild card game, the Boston team won the A-level game with a victory over the Tampa Bay team.
“Usually, when you get six points, you win the game,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said in a post-match video conference. “Unfortunately, we cannot suppress them.”
Davis, summoned from Triple-A Las Vegas, did not participate in the game. After falling behind in the ninth inning, Melvin turned to Yan Gomez instead of Davis’s pincer on the left-handed Soto to open the game. Soto defeated Gomez in the first game of a 1-2-3 game.
After the A turned to lefty Puk and Jake Diekman, Detroit took the lead at the bottom of the seventh inning. The Tigers played three consecutive baserunners against Puk. Derek Hill got an infield single, Badu walked, and Jonathan Skope hit the singles. Dickman was next. After Robbie Grossman pushed Badu to third base, Cabrera’s RBI singles gave the Tigers a 7-6 lead. They added one more singles score to Baddoo against Daulton Jefferies in the 8th game.
With a three-point lead entering the bottom of the fifth inning, James Caprian became the second pitcher in two nights to fail to win the fifth inning with a lead. When Baddo hit the ball to the left to open the game, A moved to Petit. Pettit retried the team on nine courts, and Team A led 6-4. On Tuesday night, Cole Owen was relieved after leading 4 2/3 innings.
Melvin cited Capriland’s fastball command as a problem. Of the 83 balls made by Caprian, only 46 were good.
“Physically I feel good,” Caprian said. “I didn’t have it today. Obviously I was very frustrated. Frankly speaking, my outing in the second half of the season was not good. I need to figure it out and do better.”
Castro narrowed the gap to 6-5 with a single home run in the sixth inning, against Pettit twice.
Jose Urena succeeded Wily Peralta in the fourth quarter and gave up 5 hits and 3 runs. Olsen’s two hits and Jed Lowrie’s runs scored double kills.
Josh Harrison started with his second single, and Marte hit another single in the second hit of the game. Olsen is next, and his double center takes the two players home. Olsen rose to third place when Matt Chapman flew to center, Lowry once again hit center, giving the track team a 6-3 lead.
“It didn’t go the way we did tonight, but if we have good batting ability and can lead the table setters in front, we should be in good shape,” Harrison said.
Harrison and Marte ranked the top two in the batting order, accounting for four of A’s six points.
Caprian took a two-point lead in the fourth inning, but it quickly disappeared as he walked on the starter Grossman and then handed him the home run without a doubt. Cabrera, No. 502 of his career. By the end of the game-including another walk and a turnover-Caprian had made 34 shots for a total of 75.
With the help of Peralta’s shooting errors, the track team added two points in the fourth game after scoring unearned in the first game, leading 3-1. Marte led the game with a home run against Peralta, and after Olson was gone, Lori made a clear pop-up foul to third baseman Jermer Candelario.
However, Candelario lost the ball under the lights and it fell to the ground, causing Lori to swing again. Lori responded by driving a double to midfield to bring Olson home.
Olsen was considered to be RBI for the first time, when his liner left for sacrifice flight. It brought home Josh Harrison, who opened the game heads-up and ranked third all the way in Peralta’s wrong catch attempts.
Castro’s first RBI singles kicked off in Caprian’s first game. It took Candelario home, who opened the game with a double.
Montas from Monday: Due to Montas going to Canada to face Toronto visa issues, Frankie Montas will face the Tigers instead of Sean Manaya on Thursday. Melvin said that Lou Trivino has been unable to play with back spasms in the past two games, but can prepare to pitch.
MESA complex closed: A announced that they will close their training base in Mesa, Arizona on Sunday after the organization has conducted multiple positive COVID-19 tests. The club said in a statement: “We are following Major League Baseball’s recommendations on testing and protocols to ensure the health and safety of our players and staff.”