Despite a short rally late in the game, the A's simply couldn't overcome a rough first inning, as the team lost to the Detroit Tigers 3-2 on Friday night at O.co Coliseum in Oakland in front of a raucous crowd of 48,401 fans.
Bartolo Colon got the start in Game 1 of the American League Division Series, but got off to a tough start, giving up three runs before the A's could even get up to bat.
Austin Jackson got things going for the Tigers as he doubled off Colon (0-1) to start the inning. Torii Hunter was then hit by a pitch, followed up by a single by Miguel Cabrera to give the Tigers a quick 1-0 lead and put Hunter at third. Colon look rattled and had issues getting strikes, and Prince Fielder grounded into a double-play, but not before Hunter scored for the 2-0 lead. After Victor Martinez doubled, Alex Avila hit a single, to bring in the third run of the game.
Those three runs were all the Tigers needed as Max Scherzer (1-0) was solid, going seven innings, while giving up only three hits and striking out 11. The lone blemish in Scherzer's game came in the seventh inning, when Cespedes hit a monster shot to left field after Brandon Moss singled, to bring the A's to within one, making it 3-2.
Unfortunately for the A's, it was the only bit of offense they could muster up as the Tigers bullpen would fan five more batters and help retain the one run lead.
Oakland will get another crack at the Tigers on Saturday night, with Sonny Gray getting the Game 2 start, while the A's will have to confront Jason Verlander, who dominated them in last year's playoffs.
Game 2 starts at 6 p.m.