A's take Game 4 on the strength of the home run; Game ends in yelling

10/7/13 in MLB   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Blog Photo - A's take Game 4 on the strength of the home run; Game ends in yellingAnibal Sanchez of the Tigers has had a fantastic year. He led the American League in ERA and FIP this season. One thing he definitely was not was homer prone. He gave up just 9 dingers all season, only 4 of which at home. Today, however, wasn't his day. The A's hit three homers off Sanchez en route to a 6-3 victory in Game 4 of their ALDS, putting Oakland up 2 games to 1 in the series.

Oakland struck first in the third when an error by Miguel Cabrera allowed Coco Crisp to score. They added 2 more in the 4th on a Josh Reddick homer and a Crisp sac fly. The Tigers rebounded in the bottom of the 4th, finally getting to A's starter Jarrod Parker. Detroit tied it up in that frame, getting one on a Victor Martinez double, and two more on a single by Jhonny Peralta (cue gnashing of teeth from sports columnists here).

The tie didn't last long. Brandon Moss broke the tie with a blast in the top of the 5th.

 

Two batters later, Seth Smith chased Sanchez out of the game with a homer of his own.

 

Parker and the bullpen handled the game from there, as the Tigers mostly failed to threaten after that. Things got heated when Grant Balfour came into the game to close it out. For whatever reason, Balfour and Victor Martinez got into it, with the TBS hot mics catching all of it (Deadspin has the NSFW version). The benches then cleared, but no punches were thrown.

 

In the end though, it's an A's win and a 2-1 series lead. Oakland can close out the series tomorrow night with Dan Straily on the hill. The Tigers counter (for now) with Doug Fister, who is about as good of a 4th starter as you can get. No word on whether Max Scherzer will pitch on short rest in the elimination game.
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10/8/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

maybe roid rage is everywhere 

10/7/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

Egos get in the way of good baseball!!!