Thoughts on Game 16 of 162

The Tigers dropped to 7-9 with their loss to the Athletics, which led to a split of a four-game series. Once again the offense was quiet with a solo home run by Casper Wells being all the Tigers were able to muster.

W: Cahill (2-0) L: Penny (0-2)

Trevor Cahill held the Tigers to four hits and struck out eight in eight innings on Sunday to improve to 2-0 (AP)

Hero: Trevor Cahill

Like all of Oakland’s starters, Cahill prevented the Tigers from doing anything offensively. He struck out nine and allowed just four hits and one earned run in eight innings to earn the pitching win.

Rough finish: For the most part, Brad Penny’s fourth start in a Tigers uniform wasn’t bad. But in the end his control struggles were ultimately costly. He walked in a run during a three-run fifth inning that Oakland used to take control. Penny only allowed four hits, but walked four and struck out five and also hit a batter in five innings of work. He has an 8.84 ERA.

Key sequence: The bottom of the fifth when the Athletics scored three runs with two outs. After giving up a leadoff double, Penny got two outs before hitting David DeJesus with a pitch and walking Daric Barton to load the bases. He then walked Conor Jackson for Oakland’s first run of that inning and then Josh Willingham had a two-RBI single

Up next: At Seattle, 10 p.m. Monday

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