Wednesday night’s 14-4 win by the Oakland A’s over the Detroit Tigers was notable for two key factors: the unrelenting attack of the A’s offense and Brett Anderson’s return from the 60-day disabled list.
Anderson ended up with a three-inning save, the first of his career (even though in this case the ‘save’ designation is really meant more in terms of preventing the bullpen from overtaxing itself in an easy victory).
Dan Straily tossed six solid innings against the explosive Tigers offense, finishing with a line of 6 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K – and he could have been pitching for his spot in the rotation, considering Oakland will activate Bartolo Colon from the 15-day D.L. in order to make the start on Thursday afternoon.
Against the usually-stingy Doug Fister, the A’s mounted a big rally in the second: consecutive singles from Yoenis Cespedes, Daric Barton, Alberto Callaspo, Eric Sogard and Kurt Suzuki shot Oakland out to a quick 2-0 lead. One out later, Josh Donaldson drove in a th...