What’s on Tap: Previewing Monday’s action

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This past Wednesday, Athletics lefty Ross Detwiler made his first start since May 14 of last year. It was a terrific start. He threw 108 pitches, yielding six hits with no walks and two strikeouts over eight shutout innings against the Orioles. He got his first win as a starter since May 10, 2013, when he was still with the Nationals.

Detwiler spent the 2014 season pitching out of the Nationals’ bullpen, putting up an even 4.00 ERA in 63 innings. Importantly, he held left-handed hitters at bay, limiting them to a .516 OPS that season compared to the .848 OPS of right-handed hitters. In 2015, he made seven mostly unsuccessful starts for the Rangers before they moved him to the bullpen and eventually released him in mid-July. Detwiler signed with the Braves shortly thereafter but didn’t find any more success.

Needless to say, Detwiler’s performance his last time out came as a surprise. He’s never been one to miss bats and he was up against one of the league’s top offenses. The Orioles, in fact, have hit the most home runs of any team in baseball with 176. Holding the Orioles scoreless while striking out only two batters is quite an achievement.

Detwiler heads back to the mound on Monday evening, opposing the Rangers’ Martin Perez in Arlington. That game starts at 8:05 PM EDT.

The rest of Monday’s action…

Toronto Blue Jays (R.A. Dickey) @ New York Yankees (Chad Green), 7:05 PM EDT

Kansas City Royals (Ian Kennedy) @ Detroit Tigers (Daniel Norris), 7:10 PM EDT

Miami Marlins (David Phelps) @ Cincinnati Reds (Brandon Finnegan), 7:10 PM EDT

San Diego Padres (Luis Perdomo) @ Tampa Bay Rays (Drew Smyly), 7:10 PM EDT

Washington Nationals (Max Scherzer) @ Colorado Rockies (Jorge De La Rosa), 8:40 PM EDT

New York Mets (Bartolo Colon) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Robbie Ray), 9:40 PM EDT

Seattle Mariners (Felix Hernandez) @ Los Angeles Angels (Ricky Nolasco), 10:05 PM EDT

Pittsburgh Pirates (Ryan Vogelsong) @ San Francisco Giants (Matt Moore), 10:15 PM EDT

McCutchen’s sacrifice fly lifts Pirates to 5-4 win, extends Athletics’ road losing streak to 15

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PITTSBURGH – Andrew McCutchen’s tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning lifted Pittsburgh to a 5-4 victory over Oakland on Monday night, extending the Pirates’ win streak to six games and sending the Athletics to their record-tying 15th consecutive road loss.

The 15 straight defeats away from home matches the Athletics’ record since they moved from Kansas City in 1968. Oakland set that mark in 1986.

The major league-worst Athletics (12-50) have lost five games in a row overall. They are on pace to finish the season exactly 100 games under .500 at 31-131.

“It’s tough,” Athletics manager Mark Kotsay said. “Tonight’s game, we didn’t play well enough to win the game. I don’t want to say we gave the game away but there were a lot of instances where we had a chance to capitalize on opportunities and didn’t do it.”

McCutchen also singled and drew three walks to go with two RBIs. The 2013 NL MVP now has 1,998 career hits.

With the score tied at 4, Ji Hwan Bae led off the decisive eighth inning with a single off Sam Moll (0-3) and advanced to third on Austin Hedges’ one-out single. McCutchen’s sac fly plated Bae.

“I was just trying to get the job done. I understand the situation there,” McCutchen said. “We just need to get the run. I was trying to bear down against a hard thrower and trying to get that run in as much as I can, and I was able to do it and have a good at-bat.”

Angel Perdomo (1-0) retired both hitters he faced. and Colin Holdeman pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his first career save. It was an eventful inning for Holderman as the first three batters reached base, but he struck out Carlos Perez with runners on the corners to end it.

“I began my career as a starting pitcher in the minor leagues but ever since I was switched to relief, this has been the goal, to get a save in the big leagues,” Holderman said.

Pittsburgh starter Johan Oviedo gave up three runs and four hits with five strikeouts and two walks.

Oakland left-hander JP Sears did not allow a hit until Mark Mathias’ leadoff single in the fifth but was unable to make it through the inning. Sears was charged with one run in 4 2/3 innings while allowing two hits, walking five and striking out six.

Sears has not allowed more than two runs in five consecutive starts. His nine no-decisions are the most in the major leagues.

Ryan Noda and Brent Rooker had two hits each for the Athletics.

The Athletics tied the score at 4-4 in the eighth inning on pinch-hitter Aledmys Diaz’s run-scoring double. Oakland left the bases loaded, though, when Nick Allen hit an inning-ending flyout.

Consecutive bases-loaded walks keyed a three-run sixth inning that put the Pirates 4-3. McCutchen and Bryan Reynolds each worked bases on balls off Shintaro Fujinami to tie the score at 3-all and pinch-hitter Jack Suwinski followed with a sacrifice fly.

The Athletics opened the scoring in the first inning when rookie Esteury Ruiz reached on catcher’s interference, stole his MLB-leading 30th base of the season and scored on Noda’s single. Seth Brown doubled in a run in the third and came home on Perez’s sacrifice fly to push Oakland’s lead to 3-0.

Connor Joe hit an RBI double for the Pirates in the fifth.

The Pirates drew 10 walks, their most in a game in nearly two years.

“We had a bunch of opportunities that we didn’t capitalize (on), but the thing I think I was most proud of is we got down and we didn’t rush to get back,” Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said. “We were still patient.”


Athletics: LHP Kirby Snead (strained shoulder) is expected to pitch in the Arizona Complex League on Tuesday, which will be his first game action since spring training. … RHP Freddy Tarnok (strained shoulder) will throw a bullpen on Tuesday.


Pirates catching prospect Henry Davis was promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis from Double-A Altoona. In 41 games at Double-A this season, the 23-year-old hit .284 with 10 home runs and seven stolen bases.

“He was performing offensively at a level where we felt like he was more than ready to meet the challenges,” Pirates general manager Ben Cherington said. “He improved as an offensive player even since spring training, focusing on the things we were challenging him on. Defensively, he’s made strides too.”

Davis was the first overall selection in the 2021 amateur draft from the University of Louisville.


Athletics RHP James Kaprielian (0-6, 8.12 ERA) will make his first start in June after taking the loss in all four starts in May and face RHP Mitch Keller (7-1, 3.25). Keller has eight or more strikeouts in seven consecutive starts, the longest streak by a Pirates pitcher in the modern era (since 1901).