The mood is a little bit lighter around the Coliseum these days.
The A’s beat the Detroit Tigers 4-0 behind the first complete game of Jesse Hahn’s professional career. Oakland also has its first three-game winning streak since Aug. 7-9 of last season. And for a team that has played so poorly in front of the home fans this season, it was a satisfying afternoon for a holiday crowd of 25,380.
Hahn threw a four-hitter for his first victory since April 18. He took the mound to begin the ninth at 99 pitches. And with “Let’s Go Oakland” chants coming down, he allowed just a two-out single in the ninth to finish off his first shutout.
After the A’s took the final two games at Tampa Bay to finish out their road trip, they began this seven-game homestand in style. They entered the day just 5-14 at home this season.
Starting pitching report
Hahn, who has had trouble pitching deep into games this season, was terrific all afternoon. He gave up just four hits, walked one and struck out five. A’s starting ptichers have now gone three consecutive games without allowing a run, the first time that’s happened this season.
The relief corps got to kick back and watch this one, though Tyler Clippard did warm up in the ninth.
At the plate
The A’s are showing signs of bunching their hits together and staging multiple-run rallies, an encouraging sign for a team that’s struggled so badly with runners in scoring position of late. It was a scoreless game when the A’s broke through for four runs in the sixth off Tigers right-hander Shane Greene (4-3, 4.27). Marcus Semien and Josh Reddick got things going with back-to-back singles. Four Athletics would drive in runs that inning – Billy Butler drove in the first run with a grounder to short that went for an infield single. Max Muncy doubled in a run, Mark Canha had a sacrifice fly and Sam Fuld doubled home another run with two outs for a 4-0 lead.
It was a nice blend of run production, especially after the A’s came up empty with men in scoring position in the fourth and fifth. They’ve posted a multiple-run inning in each of the past three games, a modest accomplishment but a noteworthy one considering how things had been going.
In the field
Hahn’s work was all the more impressive considering the left side of the infield made three fielding errors behind him, including two by third baseman Max Muncy. Hahn shook it off and kept his pitch count down, taking advantage of three double plays.
A crowd of 25,380 showed up for the Memorial Day matinee.
The A’s face 2012 Cy Young winner David Price (3-1, 3.32) in Tuesday’s 7:05 p.m. game. The lefty is 2-2 with a 3.69 ERA in seven career starts against Oakland. Jesse Chavez (1-4, 2.89) takes the ball for the A’s.