Hideki Matsui's 500th Homer Sparks A's Win
W: Devine 1-1
L: Purcey 1-2
S: Bailey 10
Duane Below was apart of baseball history tonight in his first career start for the Detroit Tigers. On his last hitter of his 5 Inning outing, Hideki Matsui launched his 500th career home run between Japan and the Major Leagues.
Matsui went 3-for-4 with that homer to go with three RBIs to spark the Oakland Athletics to a 7-5 victory to split the two game set at Comerica Park. The win was the A's fourth in six games since the All-Star Break. For Matsui, this is his 168 Major League home run. He hit 332 homers in Japan for the Yomiuri Giants.
"I'm happy to get it over with, and its even better that it helped us win a game," he said through an interpreter. "It isn't like I've been aiming for this, because I really don't combine numbers from Japan and here. To me, they are two separate leagues."
Matsui also got the game winning RBI on a single that scored Coco Crisp in the four run seventh inning.
Brandon McCarthy pitched five innings while giving up four runs on six hits. He struck out four. But like Guillermo Moscoso last night, the heat and humidity cause him to struggle half way through the ball game. After allowing the first two Detroit hitters to reach base he was pulled for Joey Devine, who would give up a two run double to Victor Martinez. Don Kelly's sacrifice fly made the score 5-3 Detroit.
David Purcey came in to pitch the seventh inning, but couldn't record an out as he allowed the first three hitters on base via walks. He did not record an out while walking three. Three hits and a sacrifice fly by Josh Willingham made the game 7-5. Three of the four runs were charged to Purcey, who was traded to Detroit by the A's in the Scott Sizemore deal. He took the loss, his second of the season.
Grant Balfour pitched a one hit eighth inning. Andrew Bailey gave up a hit but struck out two in the ninth inning for his tenth save of the season.
Player of the Game: Hideki Matsui: 3-for-4, HR (7th, 500th career), 3 RBI
The A's will start a three game series with the New York Yankees on Friday night. Trevor Cahill will take the hill against Phil Highes.