3 first inning runs prove enough for Tigers, Scherzer in Game 1
Those of us watching on TV were still trying to decompress from the tight Braves-Dodgers game when suddenly it was 3-0 Tigers. In that first inning, A's starter Bartolo Colon did not have it. Austin Jackson quickly led off with a double. Then Colon hit Torii Hunter. There were concerns about Miguel Cabrera's health given his September, but he was ready from the start, smacking a single to put the Tigers up 1-0 before recording an out. A Prince Fielder double play still a second run, and while the bases were now empty, Colon's trouble weren't over. He then gave up a double to Victor Martinez, and Alex Avila drove him in. Down 3-0 with Max Scherzer pitching? It didn't look good for Oakland.
For the most part, Scherzer proved that right. The A's weren't completely impotent with the bat (Yoenis Cespedes had a nice triple at least), but every time Scherzer needed an out, he got it. Here are his highlights.
In the end, Scherzer went 7 innings and struck out 11. He gave up just 3 hits, and yes, 2 runs. That's because Cespedes was able to get a hold off of one of those fastballs and blast it into the seats in the 7th.
That finally got the A's on the board, but even though Colon had settled down after the 1st, those 3 runs still proved to be all the Tigers needed. Oakland only got one other baserunner after that home run.
With that, the Tigers take a 1-0 series lead. Game 2 is tonight, and Detroit has to keep feeling good, as their starter is Justin Verlander. He wasn't as good as he's been the last two years, but he's still Justin Verlander, and Oakland is countering with rookie Sonny Gray. Gray is good friends with Gerrit Cole, so maybe he can get some tips on making your playoff debut needing to help get your team even in the series.