Lowrie hit a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning, and the Oakland Athletics overcame a four-run deficit to beat the Detroit Tigers 9-8 Tuesday night.
Cotton began his warmups at the normal time, but Raul Alcantara went out to the bullpen to prepare as Cotton walked back to the dugout. He’ll be seeking an encore to his last start, in which he fanned 11 over six innings in the Tigers’ 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sept. 15. This season, he is 0-1 with a 12.27 ERA in five games. Mengden was fantastic in his last outing throwing his first career complete-game shutout while giving up two hits in the team’s win over Philadelphia.
The under is 13-4-1 in Oakland last 18 Monday games and Oakland are 20-48 in their last 68 road games while Oakland are 7-3 in their last 10 overall.
Marcus Semien and Matt Joyce struck out swinging to start the game. Oakland had loaded the bases with two walks and a single. Heading into Tuesday, he ranks seventh in home runs (22) and second in OPS (1.023) of all rookies who’ve collected at least 100 at-bats this season.
Alex Presley led off with a line drive to left, but into the glove of a retreating Khris Davis.
“He’s been really good for us all year”, Ausmus said.
Maxwell, who left the game in the ninth after getting hit in the catcher’s mask by a foul ball, supplied two hits and scored twice.
The Tigers are likely to buy out the final year of Sanchez’s contract.
Earlier in the game, Oakland batter Chad Pinder was hit in the helmet by a pitch. Tests showed no fractures, and he is being watched for concussion symptoms. “I know they got power and they can run if we don’t pitch the corners”.
Matt Olson didn’t hit a home run Wednesday, finally, but another youngster came up big for the A’s. He will seek an encore against veteran Anibal Sanchez for the Tigers on Wednesday.
Before the game, manager Bob Melvin talked about the hands-off approach he had taken with his hot-hitting rookie, saying that he’s going so good that he doesn’t need to say anything.
When the Detroit Pistons open up their 2017-2018 campaign, it will be the beginning of a new era.