Oct 8, 2013, 5:52 PM PDT
The Oakland Athletics had the Detroit Tigers’ backs against the wall. Needing a win to force a Game 5 in Oakland, the Tigers looked like they were on the verge of elimination before scratching and clawing their way back into the game.
Early in the game, the A’s looked unstoppable, the Tigers looked tame, and the fans on Twitter in Detroit were in a full-on panic. Then the game took a controversial turn as the Tigers won 8-6.
It will be interesting to see how the A’s and Tigers follow up this instant classic in Game 5 at the Oakland Coliseum.
As always, we’ll have full coverage on CSNBayArea.com and on A’s October Quest before and after every game on CSN California.
Coco Crisp starts the game with a leadoff triple and Jed Lowrie drives him home with his first hit of the series. A’s take an early 1-0 lead over the Tigers:
Crisp gets weirded out after accidentally tossing his bat:
Dan Straily gets an inning-ending double play. He has faced the minimum through two innings:
Miguel Cabrera aggravates his hip injury on this play:
Straily is rolling. He has faced the minimum through four innings:
Tigers fans aren’t too happy with Doug Fister:
The A’s are leading 1-0 through four innings — people are hopping on the A’s bandwagon. Tigers fans are getting frustrated:
The previously hitless Lowrie now has the weight off his shoulders. He smashes a two-run home run to right field to make it 3-0:
Prince Fielder gets the Tigers’ first hit of the game — a single in the fifth inning — the crowd goes wild (sort of):
Victor Martinez follows with another single and then Jhonny Peralta ties it up with a three-run blast. Now they’re really cheering:
Straily responds by striking out the side:
Tigers’ ace Max Scherzer enters the game in relief:
Stephen Vogt reaches on a single, Eric Sogard bunts him over, and then Crisp hits a go-ahead single. Tigers’ manager Jim Leyland’s move has temporarily backfired. 4-3 A’s:
Sean Doolittle enters the game and gives up a home run to Martinez. Josh Reddick made an attempt to rob the ball, but a fan interfered. It’s confirmed as a game-tying home run after a review:
For Fun: Here’s MLB Rule 3.16:
3.16 When there is spectator interference with any thrown or batted ball, the ball shall be dead at the moment of interference and the umpire shall impose such penalties as in his opinion will nullify the act of interference. APPROVED RULING: If spectator interference clearly prevents a fielder from catching a fly ball, the umpire shall declare the batter out.
Back to the game: Austin Jackson steps to the plate with a runner on second. He is 0 for 3 with three strikeouts and has amassed 10 strikeouts in this series. He hits a broken-bat single to right field to give the Tigers their first lead. 5-4:
The A’s load the bases with no outs in the eighth. Reddick strikes out with a full count on a low and inside pitch that would have been ball four. Vogt strikes out swinging. Alberto Callaspo enters the game as a pinch hitter and lines out to centerfield:
After failing to score with the bases loaded and no outs, the A’s go into full on collapse mode. Ryan Cook gets two outs and then walks back-to-back hitters. Brett Anderson enters the game and walks the bases loaded. He then throws a wild pitch that allows the Tigers to score. Omar Infante steps to the plate and blows the game open with a two-run double to left field. The Tigers have an 8-4 lead:
A’s rally for two runs on a two-out Cespedes double. It is now 8-6 in the ninth inning:
The A’s lose. The Detroit Tigers hang on to force a Game 5 at the Oakland Coliseum. This one didn’t go the A’s way, but it was an instant classic. It’s too bad MLB doesn’t see the A’s and Tigers as a fitting matchup for prime time.
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