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Updated: 2017-09-20T13:22:54-07:00


Game #152: It's a Sweep! A's Tame the Tigers, 3-2


Behind the dominant pitching of Daniel Mengden, the A's complete the 3 game sweep in Detroit and finish the 9 game road trip, 6-3. Daniel Mengden, who grew up along with his 4 siblings being home schooled by his Mom, Beth, took the Tigers to his own school today in a dominating performance. Mengden came into the game fresh off a 9 inning shutout of the Phillies five days ago and continued right where he left off against the Tigers, throwing 7 innings of shutout ball (16 scoreless inning streak), scattering 7 hits, walking none and striking out 4 in the A's 3-2 victory.  Mengden has established himself this month as a major contender for a starting rotation spot with the club in 2018.***See GameThread and Comments Here***A's reliever, Ryan Dull, would throw a scoreless 8th inning to continue his impressive September as well, but in his second inning of relief found himself in trouble allowing a lead-off walk to Efrem Navarro and a double to Mike Mahtook, to put the tying run at the plate with nobody out in the 9th. Tigers pitch hitter, Tyler Collins came up next and Dull would dig down deep and strike him out for the first out of the inning. But Dull wouldn't be as lucky with the next hitter as Andrew Romine would single to Rightfield plating both runners and cutting the score to 3-2.  That would end the day for Dull and bring in Liam Hendriks, substituting for closer, Blake Treinen, was who unavailable after pitching the last 3 days. Hendriks would first face Jose Igelsias and would induce a groundout for the second out of the inning. To add a little excitement to the game, Henriks would then wild pitch the tying run to second before getting Tigers Outfielder, Alex Presley, to strikeout, ending the game, securing the sweep and earning Liam his first save of 2017! On the offensive side, the A's scored an early run, thanks to back to back doubles by Bruce Maxwell and Marcus Semian. The Tigers starting pitcher, Anibal Sanchez, pretty much matched Mengden pitch for pitch after giving up the 3rd inning run, but thanks to some patient approaches by A's hitters, found himself with a pitch count over 100 after 6 innings. Sanchez would give away to a beleaguered Detroit bullpen in the 7th and the A's or more accurately, Maxwell and Semian, would once again make the Tigers pay, as Maxwell's singled with one out and was followed by Semian's 7th home run of the season, a blast to left field. The only downside in the A's victory was Matt Olson's consecutive games with a home run snapped at 5. Olson finished the day with 3 strikeouts at the plate, but the A's didn't need their offense to do much on a day when the storyline was the continued dominance of Daniel Mengden. Just hold on we're going home. #RootedInOakland — Oakland A's ⚾️ (@Athletics) September 20, 2017 Bonus table: Full-season stats! Minimum 120 plate appearances. # Name ISO PAs Name wRC+ PAs 1 Hoskins .443 162 Hoskins 191 162 2 Olson .395 197 Trout 185 456 3 Martinez .379 448 Olson 166 197 4 Stanton .353 636 Votto 166 654 5 Gallo .335 490 Harper 163 472 6 Bellinger .330 500 Martinez 163 448 Olson is homering once every 8.95 plate appearances for the season. Since Aug. 8, that number is down to 7.61 PA/HR. Switch to the more common AB/HR, and those numbers drop to 7.81 (season) and 6.72 (recent). McGwire holds the career record at 10.61, and Barry Bonds the single-season version at 6.52. [...]