If you had found out in advance that the Oakland Athletics pitching staff would surrender 13 hits to the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday while throwing 159 pitches in nine innings, most people would probably assume the A's had lost.
The Oakland hitters amassed 21 hits themselves on the way to a 14-4 victory over Detroit at Comerica Park to claim their third straight win over the defending American League champions, and today, the A's can try for a four-game sweep of the Tigers.
Dan Straily surrendered eight hits in six innings -- but only one run -- as Oakland took a 10-1 lead on Detroit. Brett Anderson earned the "save" by pitching the final three innings in his return from the disabled list, coughing up three runs on five hits.
However, it was the A's offense that stole the show -- again -- off Tigers starter Doug Fister: Oakland right fielder Brandon Moss had two home runs, four hits total and six RBI on the night, while Josh Donaldson and Eric Sogard each drove in two runs as well.
Overall, eight of the nine A's starters had at least one hit, and four different players had three hits apiece: Donaldson, Jed Lowrie, Alberto Callaspo and Kurt Suzuki -- in addition to Moss' stellar evening, of course.
Oakland didn't gain any ground on the Texas Rangers in the AL West division race, nor did they get any closer to the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL wild-card standings. But the A's did build their cushion over the Cleveland Indians (four games behind) and the Baltimore Orioles (4.5 games behind) as they try to secure a postseason berth by solidifying their hold on the final league postseason spot.
Today, Oakland has to take on presumptive AL Cy Young leader Max Scherzer (19-1, 2.73). The A's counter with fresh-off-the-DL Bartolo Colon (14-5, 2.97 ERA).
Game time is 10:08 a.m. PT, and if Oakland can pull off the sweep, it will give them a full head of steam heading into the next home stand at the O.co Coliseum that starts tomorrow against Tampa Bay.