A's win in 15 innings, 5-4

For all the criticism the Tiger bullpen has received as of late, they sure held up their end of the game for as long as possible, pitching 9 innings of scoreless relief until the 15th when Danny Patterson allowed a run to score - which eventually became the game winner. Despite numerous opportunities, the Tigers offense couldn't capitalize and put the game away earlier.

Jason Johnson has had a rough start to the 2004 season, and while it was far from his worst outing, he did nothing to improve on the season on Tuesday night. Johnson lasted 5 innings and gave up 4 runs, but was hit hard all night long and could have allowed a lot more if not for a pair of double plays.

Meanwhile, the bullpen did everything it could to keep the Tigers in the game; not allowing a single run to score for 9 innings. Danny Patterson, in his 2nd inning of work, got into trouble and allowed a run to score on a bloop single, which proved to be the difference(Brandon Inge proceeded to throw out Jermaine Dye at the plate trying to add another run, but the damage was done). Patterson took the loss to fall to 0-2 on the year.

Johnson's counterpart, lefty Barry Zito, also hasn't had a great season so far. He attempted to make up for that against the Tigers, going 7 innings while allowing all 4 Tiger runs and striking out 5. Justin Duchscherer pitched 5 scoreless innings of relief and took the win, while Jim Mecir pitched the bottom of the 15th for his 2nd save of the year.

While it has been solid all year, the Tiger offense couldn't come up with a run when the team needed it tonight. OF Alex Sanchez went 3-for-7 with an RBI and 2 stolen bases. Utility man Brandon Inge went 2-for-6 with an RBI as well as an outfield assist after playing in Right Field for the first time in his career. Damian Miller drove in the winning run for the Athletics.

After the win, Oakland is back at .500, while the Tigers are now 2 games under. Game 2 is Wednesday night at 7:05pm. Jeremy Bonderman takes on former fellow A's prospect; Rich Harden.


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