Montas dominant in Athletics’ 7-2 victory over Tigers

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – MAY 17: Frankie Montas #47 of the Oakland Athletics throws a first inning pitch while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 17, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Frankie Montas might just be the ace the Oakland Athletics have been searching for all season. 

Montas came within one out of his first career complete game as the Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers 7-2 on Friday night at Comerica Park. 

Montas improved to 5-2 on the season and lowered his ERA to 2.67, good for eighth best in AL. The 26-year-old set career-highs with 8.2 innings pitched and 10 strikeouts. Montas allowed two runs on four hits and walked none. 

Mark Canha and Chad Pinder supported Montas with two-run homers. Khris Davis went 3-of-4 with an RBI. 

According to Baseball Savant, Montas threw 73 of 109 pitches (67.0%) for strikes and generated 18 swinging strikes (16.5 percent). He induced 13 groundouts to just two flyouts. 

Montas threw 41 sinkers, 26 sliders, 25 four-seamers and 17 splitters. He deployed a splitter for four strikeouts, sinker for three strikeouts, four-seamer for two strikeouts and a slider for one strikeout. 

Daniel Norris suffered his second loss. He allowed six runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out two. 

Oakland started the scoring with a run in the fourth inning. Matt Chapman and Stephen Piscotty opened with back-to-back singles. Chapman advanced to third on a fly ball by Davis and scored when Matt Olson beat out a double play grounder to first by millimeters. 

The A’s scored two runs in the fifth. Jurickson Profar led off by working an eight-pitch walk. Canha followed with his fifth homer of the season. Norris left a 1-0 fastball over the heart of the plate and Canha crushed it into the right field bleachers. 

The Tigers pulled a run back in the bottom half. After retiring the first 12 batters, Montas allowed a leadoff double to Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera came around to score on a one-out double by Josh Harrison. 

Montas hit Dawel Lugo with a 1-2 pitch to put the tying run on base. But Montas escaped further damage when John Hicks and JaCoby Jones grounded into force outs at second base on back-to-back pitches. 

Oakland answered with three runs in the sixth. 

Davis singled with one out. Olson followed with another single, but the ball was misplayed by Jones in center and rolled to the warning track. Davis scored and Olson reached third. 

Olson scored on Pinder’s fourth homer of the season. Hicks wanted a slider in on the 3-2 pitch, but Norris left it over the heart of the plate. 

Davis hit an RBI single off Sandy Baez in the eighth. 

After retiring the side in order from the sixth to the eighth innings, the only drama left was if Montas can finish what he started. 

Montas allowed a leadoff single to Gordon Beckham. After getting two outs, the last man standing between Montas and the complete game was Cabrera. 

Cabrera would not cooperate as he lined a gapper into right-center for an RBI double. The hit was number 2,721 for Cabrera, moving him into a tie for 63rd all time with Lou Gehrig. 

Montas departed after a spectacular performance. Lou Trivino came on to strike out Ronny Rodriguez to end the game. 

WP: Frankie Montas (5-2, 2.67) LP: Daniel Norris (2-2, 4.50) 

Time: 2:28 Attendance: 18,746 Record: 21-25 

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Athletics hit five HRs in a 17-3 rout over Tigers

DETROIT, MI – MAY 16: Jurickson Profar #23 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates his grand slam against the Detroit Tigers with Stephen Piscotty #25 of the Oakland Athletics during the third inning at Comerica Park on May 16, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

The Oakland Athletics needed a laugher on the road and they got it on Thursday afternoon in Detroit. 

Oakland pounded out five home runs in a 17-3 rout over the Tigers at Comerica Park. The A’s won for just the sixth time in 21 games on the road. 

Jurickson Profar led the way with his first career grand slam. Marcus Semien crushed a three-run homer . Josh Phegley and Mark Canha blasted two-run homers. Matt Olson added a solo shot. 

Chris Bassitt worked a career-high-tying eight shutout innings to pick up his second win of the season. He allowed four hits, walked two and struck out seven. Bassitt lowered his ERA to 1.93 in five starts since being called up in April 17. 

Spencer Turnbull suffered his third loss. He allowed six runs on five hits, walked two and struck out six in four innings. But only one of the runs were earned. The A’s added 11 runs off the Tigers bullpen, including two against second baseman Brandon Dixon. 


The Tigers wasted the game’s first scoring opportunity in the second inning. 

Ronny Rodriguez tripled with one out, but was thrown out by Matt Chapman trying to score on a Josh Harrison grounder to the edge of the infield grass. 

The A’s took advantage of their scoring opportunity in the third. 

Robbie Grossman led off with a triple and scored on an RBI single by Phegley on the next pitch. After Semien grounded into a forceout, Chapman walked on five pitches. 

Olson followed with a grounder to Niko Goodrum at first base, but Goodrum threw wild to second trying to start an inning-ending double play and the bases were loaded. 

After striking out Davis for the second out, Turnbull threw a wild pitch on a 2-1 count to Stephen Piscotty, allowing Semien to race home for the second run. 

After walking Piscotty on the next pitch to reload the base, Turnbull tried to get ahead of Profar with a curve on the first pitch.

But it was a hanger and Profar deposited it into the right field bleachers for a 6-0 Oakland lead.


The farthest (419 feet) and highest exit velocity (105.9) of the homers belonged to Canha off Dixon, who was making his third career pitching appearance. Dixon had worked 1.1 perfect innings as a member of the Cincinnati Reds last season.


The bottom four of the order (Profar, Ramon Laureano, Grossman, Phegley) were a combined 9-of-19 with seven runs and 10 RBIs. The A’s now have seven players with five or more home runs and six with 20 or more RBIs.


While the A’s were raking, Bassitt was cruising against Detroit. He did not allow a runner to reach second base after the second inning. 

Bassitt threw 69 of 105 pitches for strikes. He threw 39 sinkers, 33 four-seamers, 14 cutters, 12 curves and 3 changeups. Bassitt generated 21 called strikes and just nine swinging strikes. 


Dawel Lugo broke the shutout with a two-out, three-run homer off Aaron Brooks in the bottom of the ninth. It was the second career homer for Lugo, who was recalled from Triple-A Toledo earlier in the morning. The 24-year-old was the 17th-ranked prospect in the Tigers farm system. 


WP: Chris Bassitt (2-1, 1.93) LP: Spencer Turnbull (2-3, 2.40) 

Time: 2:55 Attendance: 18,527 Record: 20-25 

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