The Oakland Athletics (24-63) surely celebrated July 4th as one should, in victory, by defeating the Detroit Tigers (37-47) in 10 innings thanks to an RBI single by Ryan Noda making it 1-0 late in favor of the A's.
Perhaps it was the holidays, perhaps it was an entirely different thing, but everything on Tuesday made it look like the A's had forgotten their bats at home to kick the first of two road series off before the All-Star break takes place next week.
It's not that the Tigers showcased much firepower, mind you, but they at least got some hits here and there before the A's got their first already into the seventh frame.
In a battle of hurlers, JP Sears (1-6) started for the A's and threw 7.1 innings of shut-out baseball against the lowly Tigers. Sears got into the eighth inning having allowed no runs on five hits while giving up no walks and striking out four through 90 pitches total, 67 of them called for strikes.
Detroit deployed Tarik Skubal (0-0) who started his first game of the season on Tuesday. He no-hit the A's through four full innings before getting removed with an apparent injury... following a 10-month absence from Major League pitching with his last start taking place all the way back on Aug. 1, 2022.
Skubal only put one runner on base, and it took a hit-by-pitch throw in the fourth inning for that to happen. All in all, he completed a no-hit, no-walk, no-run outing in which he erased 12 batters including six with a strikeout.
No need to lose anybody's time here, so let's fast-forward to extra innings. Jace Peterson sacrificed him by bunting pinch-runner Tyler Wade into third base. Starting catcher Shea Langeliers (Manny Piña debuted but did so as the designated DH) struck out swinging, but Ryan Noda came through with a clutch two-out single, bringing Rooker home and giving the Athletics a 1-0 lead they will never surrender.
Trevor May (6) got the save after pitching a mostly-clean 10th frame following Shintaro Fujinami's (5-7, W) effort in the ninth.
The A's won their second shut-out game of the season on Tuesday and will face the Tigers two more times this week before moving to Boston to face the Red Sox three times before the break.
Ken Waldichuck (1-5, 6.78 ERA) will start for your superheroes facing Eduardo Rodriguez (0-0) on the Tigers' side. Esteury Ruiz will try to swipe his 43rd base of the season, which would put his name in the history books of the Oakland A's franchise as the rookie with the most steals ever for the Athletics ballclub.