Special to Detroit Free Press
Pitching and defense failed the Detroit Tigers in their series opener at Oakland on Thursday. Their bats went silent on Friday.
They were shut out for the first time this season, 3-0, while producing just four singles. Oakland starter Frankie Montas and three relievers overpowered them, racking up 11 strikeouts.
Tigers pitchers issued 12 walks and their infielders committed two errors in an 8-4 loss to the A’s on Thursday. They only issued two walks and didn’t commit an error on Friday but Jose Ureña’s quality start went to waste.