If they win tonight, the A’s can reach the AL championship for the first time since 2006—when the Tigers bested them.
South Windsor, CT (PRWEB) October 08, 2013
After a 6-3 win in Detroit on Monday, the Oakland Athletics have a 2-1 lead as they head into Game 4 with the Tigers on Tuesday. In the best-of-five AL Division Series, the A’s are now one win away from the next round of the playoffs. Come see the results of Game 4 live in Detroit with playoff tickets.
While the teams kept the scores close with one-run games in their first two meetings of the series, few would have predicted the A’s to break away with three homeruns in Game 3. Tigers Starter Aníbal Sánchez was considered the best pitcher in the American League during the regular season, with only nine home runs scored against him in 29 starts.
"Sometimes he starts out a little slow, you figure he's going to get it going," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said, according to ESPN. "Today, he just really didn't get it going. He made a couple of real bad pitches the last inning he was out there to Moss and Smith."
Game 3 proved challenging for the normally consistent pitcher. The A’s offense—with four players hitting at least 20 homers this season—was on point. Sánchez surrendered three home runs in one game for the first time since July 28, 2012—his debut for the Tigers. John Reddick hit a home run in the third inning, while Brandon Moss and Seth Smith swung hits out of the ballpark in the fifth inning.
If they also win tonight, the A’s can reach the AL championship for the first time since 2006—when the Tigers bested them.
The Oakland A’s won the AL West title and boast a better record than the Tigers. However, the A’s have lost four straight road postseason games, including two in Detroit last year. It's familiar territory for the As, who lost six of ten games at the end of the regular season before rallying with six wins in a row.
"It's not something we can rely on: 'We did it last week, we can do that again,'" Grant Balfour said, according to SF Gate, "It's not going to be that easy. But it's comforting to know that we're capable of doing it. We did it. And Detroit's got to know that."
Oakland pits rookie Dan Strailey against Detroit’s Doug Fister. Game time for the A’s vs. the Tigers is 5:07 p.m. (ET) at Comerica Park in Detroit, Mich.
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