The education of Tarik Skubal continues.
On Thursday night, the Tigers left-hander allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits in four innings in an 8-4 loss to the A’s at the Oakland Coliseum. He struck out five and walked four.
Skubal pitched himself out of bases-loaded jams. But then again, he pitched himself into them.
Stephen Piscotty tagged Skubal for a solo home run as part of a 37-pitch third inning for the southpaw. Skubal gave up another run on a sacrifice fly to Elvis Andrus in the fourth.
The live-armed Skubal featured an impressive 95 mph fastball, but perhaps he showed it too many times. Of the 88 pitches he threw, 46 were four-seamers. The A’s only swung and missed at his fastball three times.