American League Game Summary - Detroit at Oakland|
(Tuesday, October 9th)
Final Score: Oakland 2, Detroit 0
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Coco Crisp's critical error loomed large in
Game 2, but his defensive gem Tuesday helped the Oakland Athletics save their
The fleet-footed center fielder stole a home run from Prince Fielder and
scored a run in the A's 2-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers in Game 3 of the
Leading off the second inning, Fielder cracked a shot into right-center field.
Crisp took off at the crack of the bat, ranged to the warning track and timed
his leap perfectly as the ball looked like it was about to sail over the
"You see him hit it and you just kind of put your head down a little bit
because you think you just gave up a homer," A's starter Brett Anderson said.
Crisp, though, snatched the ball with his glove before crashing into the
wall. The spectacular catch preserved a 1-0 Oakland advantage.
"The key to that play was he was playing deep and that enabled him to get into
a spot to get up and make the catch. And it was a great catch, no doubt about
it," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.
The sensational defensive effort came after Crisp was unable to handle Miguel
Cabrera's two-out flare in the seventh inning of Game 2 with a pair of runners
The ball glanced off the heel of Crisp's glove as he charged forward to make a
basket catch and then was unable to swipe it out of the air on his subsequent
Two Detroit runners came in to score on the play, which gave the Tigers a 3-1
lead. The Tigers eventually won, 5-4, via a game-winning sacrifice fly in the
ninth inning to take a 2-0 series lead.
The A's are looking for another improbable three-game home sweep like the one
last week against the Texas Rangers, which propelled Oakland to the AL West
In a season filled with walk-off wins, rallies and a plethora of whipped-cream
pies, another three-game sweep will just add to an already remarkable year.
The left-hander Anderson, who was 4-2 with a 2.57 ERA in six starts
following a 14-month absence recovering from elbow surgery, made his
In his first start since Sept. 19 due to a right oblique injury, Anderson
(1-0) fanned six, scattered two hits and walked two over six shutout innings
for Oakland, which snapped a six-game losing streak to the Tigers in
postseason play. The A's were swept by Detroit in the 2006 ALCS.
"We always feel good about when he takes the mound," A's manager Bob Melvin
said. "He goes very hard after his bullpen, so we felt confident that he was
simulating that enough to go out there and pitch accordingly in a game. I
don't know how you could expect more than we got out of him tonight."
Anderson outdueled Anibal Sanchez (0-1), who surrendered two runs on five hits
and two walks in 6 1/3 innings to absorb the loss.
"He was a little hyped up to start with," Leyland said of Sanchez. "He pitched
an excellent game for us, there's no question about that. He gave us more than
a chance to win. They pitched a little better than we did tonight. It's pretty
simple. But I thought Sanchez was fantastic.
Fielder, who was robbed of another potential hit by A's left fielder Yoenis
Cespedes in the seventh inning and is hitting just .083 (1-for-12) in the
ALDS, grounded into a game-ending double play to notch Grant Balfour's first
save this postseason.
Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera has yet to tally an RBI in the series, but
is batting .333 (4-for-12) with two doubles and a walk. He was 1-for-4 in the
The A's plated a run in the first and another in the fifth.
Crisp led off the home first with a single to right field, advanced to second
following Stephen Drew's walk and scored when Cespedes slapped a single back
through the middle and past the diving second baseman Omar Infante.
"We scored a run early and kind of eased me into the game a little bit,"
Sanchez settled down and retired nine in a row before Seth Smith golfed a low
fastball and sent it over the center-field wall in the fifth inning for a 2-0
Fielder began the seventh and ripped a slicing and sinking liner into left
field, but a quickly charging Cespedes came on and made the diving tumbling
Oakland was 1-for-3 with runners in scoring position and left four men on
base, while Detroit finished 0-for-2 with RISP and stranded four ... Tigers
16-game winner Max Scherzer will attempt to close out the series in Game 4
Wednesday night against A's rookie A.J. Griffin.
10/10 02:18:14 ET