Bats can’t back Ureña’s career-high 8-K effort

Detroit Tigers

José Ureña held his own against Frankie Montas in an unexpected pitchers’ duel that consisted of two righties who entered the game with ERAs above 8.00. 

Ureña’s first quality start of the season — and first since June 2019 — was spoiled by a Detroit offense that mustered only four hits in its 3-0 loss Friday night vs. the A’s at the Oakland Coliseum. The loss not only marked Ureña’s longest outing of the season, but also his third loss in as many starts.  

Friday’s game looked as if Ureña turned over a new leaf. He struck out a career-high eight batters, while 64 of his 96 pitches landed for strikes. His sinker accounted for 54.2% of his pitches and reached as high as 96.4 mph, according to Statcast.

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