Jarrod Parker pitched well in his postseason debut on Saturday, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits over 6 1/3 strong innings in a loss to the Tigers.
Parker punched out five on the evening and issued just one walk. The Tigers got on the board in the first inning when Austin Jackson led off with a double and came around to score on a double play groundout. They added another in the third on a fielding error by Parker himself, then Alex Avila belted a solo homer in the fifth to complete the damage. It was a strong showing for the 23-year-old rookie right-hander who would get the call should the A's rally back to force a fifth game in the series.