Disgruntled after starting their road trip off on the wrong foot, Detroit hitters are out for blood on Thursday night in Oakland, and have already roared out to a 9-2 advantage after three innings.
Down 2-1 after starter Max Scherzer served up a two-run homer to Kila Ka'aihue in the second inning, the Tigers batted completely through the lineup in an eye-popping eight-run third inning to break the game wide open.
In addition to a 3-for-3 night from slugger Miguel Cabrera, who ironically went 0-for-13 during a three-game series with Seattle, Tigers' hitters Andy Dirks and Alex Avila are each 2-for-2 from the plate. Dirks, who remains in the No. 2 hole in the lineup, hit his third home run of the season to open the scoring in the first inning.
Along with sending 22 men to the plate in the three innings alone, the Tigers forced Oakland veteran pitcher Bartolo Colon to exit the game with a terrible 2.1 - 9 H - 7 ER line. It will be up to the Athletics' bullpen to keep Detroit's massive lead from swelling further as the night presses on.