Logue throws gem in 2nd start, A delivers Tigers 9-0
Zach Logue pitched seven point innings in his second major league start and the Oakland Athletics ruined Joey Wentz’s debut by beating the Detroit Tigers 9-0 on Wednesday night.
Sean Murphy and Kevin Smith each drove in two goals while Christian Bethancourt provided three hits, two runs scored and an RBI for the A’s. Ramon Laureano reached base three times, scored two runs and drove in another .
Oakland, which entered Detroit on a nine-game losing streak, is 3-1 in the five-game series. The Tigers have lost eight of their last nine, scoring two or fewer runs in each of those losses.
Logue (2-1), making his third career appearance, limited Detroit to five hits, did not walk and struck out six.
“Zach did a great job of keeping the hitters off balance,” A’s manager Mark Kotsay said. “He’s not afraid to come in (with his fastball) and open up the break ball in the back. It’s a good mix for him. He has a fast arm.
Logue is far from overwhelming – his fastball clocks in the 90s on the radar gun – but he tries to take a fearless approach.
“I know I don’t have 95 in the tank or anything like that, but I’m going to chase you and try to throw some strikes,” he said. “For me to be successful, I have to work inside and out. Sometimes it’s pushing the guys off the plate and throwing them inside. It’s my mentality, I just try to be attacking and go forward, as I can.
The A’s beat Wentz for six runs on seven hits in 2 2/3 innings of his major league opener. Miguel Cabrera led the Tigers with three hits.
“We should be better and we will be better,” Detroit manager AJ Hinch said of the team’s offensive funk. “I feel like it’s never going to end because of how long it’s been.”
Oakland scored a run in the first on Murphy’s two-out single. The A’s increased their lead to 3-0 in the second on Cristian Pache’s RBI single and Tony Kemp’s sacrifice fly.
Wentz left after giving up three more hits and three runs at third. Murphy had a sacrificial fly and Smith ripped a two-run double to bring those runs back.
“He had a tough night because he had traffic all the time,” Hinch said of Wentz. “He was just struggling every round. He threw a lot of pitches in a short time. It was a good learning day for him.
The first lead support boosted Logue’s confidence.
“It makes my job a lot easier,” he said. “They did a great job getting the first races. It helps me relax a bit. I can just go out there and throw punches, let them punch, let them use my defense.
The A’s added a run against Wily Peralta in the fifth on Bethancourt’s RBI single.
Detroit RHP Casey Mize will make a rehab debut with Triple-A Toledo on Thursday. Mize has been on the 10-day disabled list since April 15 with a sprained right elbow.
The Tigers have nominated RHP Drew Hutchison for assignment. Hutchison is 0-3 with a 4.60 ERA in 10 relief appearances.
Wentz was the sixth player to make his major league debut for the Tigers this season. He joined fellow starting pitchers Beau Brieske and Alex Faedo, relievers Angel De Jesus and Elvin Rodriguez and 1B Spencer Torkelson.
Athletics: RHP James Kaprielian (0-2, 5.87) will make his third start of the season in Thursday’s five-game series finale. In his last start Saturday, Kaprielian allowed just one run on three hits and struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings against Minnesota.
Tigers: RHP Beau Brieske (0-2, 4.20 ERA) will make his fourth career start on Thursday. Brieske allowed five homers in 15 innings.
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