Instant Analysis: Matt Olson, Jed Lowrie slug A's past Tigers
A's bash their way past Tigers
Matt Olson continued his historic home run barrage Tuesday, and that only turned out to be part of the story on a wild night for the A’s.
They gave up a three-run lead, then trailed by four before Jed Lowrie hit an eighth-inning grand slam that lifted them to a 9-8 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Olson crushed a curve from Chad Bell deep into the seats in right in the second, the fifth game in a row that he’s homered. That set an Oakland rookie record for most consecutive games going deep. Olson’s 23 homers are a franchise record for a player’s first 66 career games. He’s the first rookie in major league history to hit 15 homers over a 21-game span, and the first player in Oakland history ever to do so, regardless of experience.
Since he was recalled from the minors Aug. 11, Olson leads the majors with 19 homers. He remains the A’s headline story, but his team continued an impressive late-season roll. The A’s have won 10 of their past 13, and they’ve won back-to-back road series for the first time all season.
LOWRIE LIGHTS IT UP:
It was already a noteworthy night for Lowrie before the eighth inning. He notched his 47th double in the third inning, tying Jason Giambi’s single-season Oakland record set in 2001. Then, with the bases loaded and no outs in the eighth, Lowrie launched a deep drive well over the right field wall. His third career grand slam erased an 8-5 deficit, and suddenly the A’s were leading again. While Lowrie has been a doubles machine this year, he’s also just two homers shy of his career high of 16 set in 2012 with Houston. Oakland trailed 8-4 at one point.
THE EDUCATION CONTINUES:
Daniel Gossett was handed an early 3-0 lead, but the A’s rookie starter couldn’t make it hold up. He lasted just 4 2/3 innings, and exited during Detroit’s four-run go-ahead rally in the fifth. The right-hander walked three and was charged with six runs on nine hits. The bullpen got used heavily in Monday’s win, and A’s manager Bob Melvin stayed with Gossett in an effort to let him work through his struggles. Eventually he went to the ‘pen after James McCann’s two-run triple in the fifth that got by Khris Davis after the left fielder lost his footing.
The eighth inning was a 33-pitch odyssey for Chris Hatcher that ended with him stranding the bases loaded with two strikeouts. Detroit threatened after Nick Castellanos’ double put two runners in scoring position, a play on which Davis leapt high for the deep drive only to have the ball land just to the left of him. But Hatcher escaped a bases loaded, one-out jam, getting both McCann and Mikie Mahtook swinging to keep the A’s ahead 9-8. Blake Treinen shut the door in the ninth.